Profession: Nazi Leader
Why Famous: Jodl was the head of the German High Command for the entirety of World War II. In this position he oversaw the entire Nazi war effort. He signed the Commando Order, in which any captured Allied commandos were to be shot immediately, and the Commissar Order, in which all captured Soviet commissars were to be shot.
After the collapse of Nazi Germany's war effort, Jodl co-signed the unconditional surrender of German forces on 8 May 1945, ending the war.
Following this he was tried at Nuremberg, found guilty and sentenced to death; he was hung in October 1946.
- 1945-05-07 World War II: Unconditional German surrender to the Allies signed by General Alfred Jodl at Rheims
- 1946-10-16 10 Nazi leaders are hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg war trials, including Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Alfred Jodl