Series of six portraits about important people in Nazi-Germany.

Hitler's Generals - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 1996-10-02

Hitler's Generals - Wilhelm Keitel - Netflix

Wilhelm Keitel (22 September 1882 – 16 October 1946) was a German field marshal who served as Chief of the Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht or OKW) in Nazi Germany during World War II. According to David Stahel, Keitel was “well known and [...] reviled as Hitler’s dependable mouthpiece and habitual yes-man” among his military colleagues. Following the war, Keitel was charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. He was found guilty, sentenced to death and executed in 1946. He was the third highest-ranking German officer to be tried at Nuremberg.

Hitler's Generals - Rise to the Wehrmacht High Command - Netflix

In 1935, at the recommendation of General Werner von Fritsch, Wilhelm Keitel was promoted to the rank of major general and appointed chief of the War Ministry's Armed Forces Office (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht), which oversaw the army, navy, and air force. After assuming office, Keitel was promoted to lieutenant general on 1 January 1936 and later to the rank of full general (General der Artillerie) on 1.8.1937. On 21 January 1938, Keitel received evidence revealing that the wife of his superior, War Minister Werner von Blomberg, was a former prostitute. Upon reviewing this information, Keitel suggested that the dossier be forwarded to Hitler's deputy, Hermann Göring, who used it to bring about Blomberg's resignation. Following Blomberg's dismissal, the War Ministry was replaced by the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht), with Keitel as its chief. As a result of his new appointment, Keitel assumed all the powers and responsibilities of Germany's War Minister, and was accordingly given a seat in Hitler's Cabinet. Soon after his promotion, he convinced Hitler to appoint his close friend, Walther von Brauchitsch, as Commander-in-Chief of the Army. For a brief period in October 1938, Keitel became Military Governor of the Sudetenland, but left this post in February 1939 to once again assume command over OKW where he would remain until the end of the war. Despite his designation as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces Supreme Command, Keitel held little influence over military operations aside from acting as Hitler's messenger to other members of the German high command. Meanwhile, Göring still retained relative control over the Luftwaffe through the Reich Air Ministry, but Admiral Erich Raeder was unable to convince Hitler to give him autonomy over the navy.

Hitler's Generals - References - Netflix