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  • Author
    Walter Görlitz

In the service of the Reich
The memoirs of Field-Marshal Keitel, Chief of the German High Command, 1938-1945
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Published by William Kimber and Co. in London, England .
Written in English.

About the Book

Keitel wrote these memoirs while awaiting execution as a war criminal. He was Chief of the German Armed Forces High Command. Inevitably one questions whether they are self-serving rather than a legacy to history. But one cannot doubt their documentary importance. It was Keitel who signed the Instrument of Unconditional Surrender following Hitler's suicide. His main defense during the Nuremberg trials was that he was a soldier given to absolute obedience and honor bound to the code which had elevated him to the office he occupied. He had to follow Hitler's orders which here he recognizes as dastardly. However since his replacement would have been Himmler, he thought it best to stay in office and softpedal Hitler's worst orders.(?) Not a member of the officer class (i.e. a Junker), Keitel really would have preferred to be a farmer...Over Keitel's shoulder we follow Hitler from room to room; we ride through Vienna on the day of Austria's collapse and witness the cunning squeeze-play which caused Czechoslovakia's fall; we visit the Arc de Triomphe and Napoleon's Tomb with Hitler; Keitel was with him when the bomb exploded in the Fuehrer's headquarters. In many ways, this is an irreplaceable series of vignettes, extracted from his much longer original manuscript.

Table of Contents

Contents
I N T R O D U C T I O N
The Background and Career of Field-Marshal Keitel, 1882–-1946
M E M O I R S
1: The Blomberg–-Fritsch Crisis
2: From Austria to the End of the French Campaign
3: Prelude to the Attack on Russia
4: The Russian Campaign
5: Extracts from Keitel’s Wartime Letters to his Wife
6: The Bomb Plot of 20th July, 1944
7: The Last Days under Adolf Hitler
8: Afterthoughts
E P I L O G U E
The Indictment
Notes
Index

Edition Notes

Translation of Generalfeldmarschall Keitel, Verbrecher oder Offizier?
Originally published as The memoirs of Field-Marshal Keitel.
Includes index.

Genre Biography.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class 355.3/31/0924, B
Library of Congress DD247.K42 A313 1979

The Physical Object

Pagination 288 p. ;
Number of pages 288

ID Numbers

Open Library OL3287145M
Internet Archive inserviceofreich00keit
ISBN 10 0812826132, 0812860292
LC Control Number 2003682262
Library Thing 1687600
Goodreads 2110086

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October 24, 2017 Edited by Jeff Gardner Edited without comment.
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October 6, 2014 Edited by Gareth Thomas Betts Changed: "When is it set or about?"
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