22 September 1882|
Helmscherode, German Empire
|Died||16 October 1946
Nuremberg, Allied-occupied Germany
|Allegiance|| German Empire
|Years of service||1901â€“1945|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross|
|Spouse(s)||Lisa Fontaine (m. 1909) (1887-1959)|
|Relations||Bodewin Keitel (brother)
Karl-Heinz Keitel (eldest son)
If this war is not fought with the greatest brutality against the bands both in the East and in the Balkans then in the foreseeable future the strength at our disposal will not be sufficient to be able to master this plague.
If I had known it I would have told my son, I'd rather shoot you than let you join the SS. But I didn't know.
Consideration of any kind are a crime against the German people and the soldier at the front.
The troops are therefore empowered and are in duty bound in this war to use without mitigation even against women and children any means that will lead to success.
This war no longer has anything to do with knightly conduct or with the agreements of the Geneva Convention.