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Keitel, Wilhelm Bodewin Johann Gustav

Date of birth:
September 22nd, 1882 (Helmscherode/Lower Saxony, Germany)
Date of death:
October 16th, 1946 (Nuremberg/Bavaria, Germany)
Nationality:
German (1933-1945, Third Reich)

Biography

1902 Leutnant im Nds.Feld.Art.Rgt.46
1929 Chef Org.-Abt.im Tr.Amt
1934 Generalmajor
1935 Chef Wehrmachtsamt
1937 General d.Art.
1938 Chef OKW
1940 GFM

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With swords
Silbernes Verdienstkreuz des Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)

With swords
Ritter des Königlicher Preussischer Hausordens von Hohenzollern
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)

With "Bewährung" clasp
Kriegverdienstkreuz 1914-1918 für Kämpfer 2. Klasse
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
“For Bravery”
Allgemeines Ehrenzeichen
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)

With “Vor Dem Feinde” clasp
Friedrich-August Kreuz 2.Klasse
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)

With War Decoration.
Militärverdienstkreuz III. Klasse
Rank:
Generaloberst (General)
Unit:
OKW
Awarded on:
April 1939
In commemoration of the march into Czechoslovakia. The Golden Badge had ‘16 and 17 March’ engraved on it.
Goldenes Ehrenzeichen der NSDAP
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst
Unit:
OKW
1939 Spange zum Eisernes Kreuz 1er Klasse 1914
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generaloberst
Unit:
Chef Oberkommando der Wehrmacht
Awarded on:
September 30th, 1939
Awarded the Knight’s Cross for his good staff work during the Polish campaign.
Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1941

Royal Decree no. 2868 dated 14 October 1941. Awarded during his visit to Bucharest for the victory parade held to celebrate the capture of Odessa.

Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 3
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1941

Royal Decree no. 2868 dated 14 October 1941. Awarded during his visit to Bucharest for the victory parade held to celebrate the capture of Odessa.
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 2
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall
Awarded on:
October 14th, 1941

Royal Decree no. 2868 dated 14 October 1941. Awarded during his visit to Bucharest for the victory parade held to celebrate the capture of Odessa.
Ordinul Mihai Viteazul Clasa 1
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall
Awarded on:
March 25th, 1942

Version with swords.
Vapaudenristin Suurristi (VR SR)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshall)
Awarded on:
April 24th, 1942

Presented by King Victor Emmanuel.
Ordine Militare di Savoia - Cavaliere di Gran Croce
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generalfeldmarschall (Field Marshall)
Unit:
Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, Wehrmacht
Awarded on:
July 20th, 1944

Presented on September 2nd, 1944.
Verwundetenabzeichen 20 juli 1944 in Schwarz
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 13. März 1938
Medaille zur Erinnerung an den 1. Oktober 1938 mit Spange
Medaille zur Erinnerung an die Heimkehr des Memellandes
Dienstauszeichnung der Wehrmacht  3.Klasse, 12 Jahre

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