Wilhelm Keitel
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany (born in Duchy of Brunswick)
Date of Birth: 1882
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging
Occupation: Soldier, politician
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
Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel (22 September 1882 – 16 October 1946) was a German field marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) and a senior military leader during World War II. He was one of Adolf Hitler's close military advisers. As head of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (High Command of the Armed Forces) and de facto war minister, he was one of Germany's most senior military leaders during World War II. At the Allied court at Nuremberg he was tried, sentenced to death, and hanged as a war criminal.

Wilhelm Keitel in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Wilhelm Keitel was one of nearly two dozen[1] German officials who was captured by the Allies at the end of World War II. The Allies sought to try Keitel and the other men for war crimes. These plans were stopped twice by the German Freedom Front, first in November 1945, when the GFF destroyed the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg[2] and second in 1946, when the GFF destroyed the American residency zone in Frankfurt with a radium bomb.[3]

In 1947, the Soviets decided to try the officials in their zone. The GFF prevented this by crashing a plane into the courthouse, killing all the lawyers and judges, but leaving the accused unharmed.[4]

Wilhelm Keitel in "Ready for the Fatherland"Edit

On 19 February 1943, Wilhelm Keitel was present in the Ukraine when Erich von Manstein shot Adolf Hitler dead, after Hitler had berated Manstein for not pushing forward with an offensive. Manstein and Paul von Kleist immediately held at gunpoint Keitel and Alfred Jodl, the other Hitler loyalist present.[5]


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