Profession: German WWII General
Why Famous: Keitel was the chief commander of the German armed forces for the entirety of World War II, serving from 1938 to 1945. In this capacity he oversaw the invasion and occupation of most of mainland Europe.
Keitel was one of three German signatories to the final surrender of Germany in the ruins of Berlin on May 8, 1945. After the war he was tried at Nuremberg with crimes against humanity and executed in 1946.
- 1940-08-08 The "Aufbau Ost" directive is signed by Wilhelm Keitel.
- 1945-05-08 German General Wilhelm Keitel formally surrenders to the Allies represented by the United States, the UK, France and the Soviet Union in Berlin
- 1946-10-16 10 Nazi leaders are hanged as war criminals after Nuremberg war trials, including Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim von Ribbentrop and Alfred Jodl