FIELD MARSHAL WILHELM KEITEL

FIELD MARSHAL WILHELM KEITEL (1882–1946)

In High Command of the Armed Forces and de facto war minister, he was one of Germany’s most senior military leaders during WWII. He played an important role in foiling the July, 1944 plot to assassinate Hitler and then sat on the Army “Court of Honour” to hand over to the notorious People’s Court, many of the officers who were involved. At the Nuremberg Trials he was tried and sentenced to death as a war criminal. The Allies denied his request to be shot. Instead, he was executed by hanging. Due to the drop of the hanging not being long enough to break his neck immediately, Keitel died of strangulation 24 minutes after he was dropped down the hatch.

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