October 16, 1946 (aged 64) Nürnberg Germany. Role In: World War II. See all related content →. Wilhelm Keitel, (born September 22, 1882, Helmscherode [now in Bad Gandersheim], Germany—died October 16, 1946, Nürnberg), field marshal and head of the German Armed Forces High Command during World War II. One of Adolf Hitler ’s most loyal and trusted lieutenants, he became chief of the Führer’s personal military staff and helped direct most of the Third Reich ’s World War II campaigns.
Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav Keitel ( German pronunciation: [ˈkaɪ̯tl̩]; 22 September 1882 – 16 October 1946) was a German field marshal and war criminal who held office as chief of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW), the high command of Nazi Germany's Armed Forces, during the Second World War. In that capacity, Keitel signed a number of criminal orders and directives that led to numerous war crimes .
Wilhelm Keitel was born near Bad Gandersheim in what is today the state of Lower Saxony, Germany, on September 22, 1882. In 1901, he joined the Prussian army as an artillery officer. During World War I, Keitel served on the western front as a battery commander and then staff officer. He was seriously wounded in Flanders in 1914.
Wilhelm Keitel (1882–1946) was Chief of Staff of the German Armed Forces High Command. Keitel was responsible for crimes committed by the armed forces while waging war and authorized the support and participation of German troops in these crimes, including the murder of the European Jews .
Wilhelm Keitel was one of the highest-ranking officials in Hitler’s ‘Nazi’ regime, during the Second World War. He served as a field marshal of the ‘Armed Forces High Command’ and was one of the most loyal followers of Hitler’s ideologies, for which he received a lot of flak from his fellow officers.
Wilhelm Keitel was born on September 22, 1882 in Helmscherode, Germany. He was previously married to Lisa Fontaine. He died on October 16, 1946 in Nuremberg, Germany.
Hello fellow researchers, I came across this photograph of Field Marshal Keitel which was taken shortly after his execution at Nuremberg on 16th October 1946. All the bodies of the executed men were photographed before being placed in coffins. I am curious because there appears to be blood on Keitel's face and hair.