Alfred Jodl
Alfred Jodl.jpg
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany (born in Kingdom of Bavaria)
Date of Birth: 1890
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
Occupation: Soldier, General
Spouse: Irma Gräfin von Bullion (d. 1943), Luise von Benda
Military Branch: Imperial German Army (World War I);
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Military Branch: Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (WWII)
"Ready for the Fatherland"
POD: February 19, 1943>
Type of Appearance: Direct

Alfred Jodl (10 May 1890 – 16 October 1946) was a Germany military commander, attaining the position of Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, or OKW) during World War II, acting as deputy to Wilhelm Keitel. He was one of Adolf Hitler's close henchmen through much of the war. He was convicted of war crimes at Nuremberg, and hanged.

Alfred Jodl in The Man With the Iron Heart

Alfred Jodl was one of several German officials who was captured by the Allies at the end of World War II. The Allies sought to try Jodl and the other men for war crimes. These plans were stopped thrice by the German Freedom Front: first in November 1945, when the GFF destroyed the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg;[1] second in 1946, when the GFF destroyed the American residency zone with a radium bomb[2], and; third, when when agents of the GFF crashed a cargo plane into a Berlin courthouse.[3]

Alfred Jodl in "Ready for the Fatherland"

On 19 February 1943, Alfred Jodl was present in the Ukraine when Adolf Hitler was shot to death by Field Marshall Erich von Manstein. Jodl was held at gunpoint by Manstein's ally Paul von Kleist.[4]


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 108.
  2. Ibid., pg. 260.
  3. Ibid., pg. 407-8.
  4. See, e.g., Counting Up, Counting Down, pgs. 87-89.