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.— Wilhelm Keitel
The most wonderful Wilhelm Keitel quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
Why did the generals who have been so ready to term me a complaisant and incompetent yes-man fail to secure my removal? Was that all that difficult? No, that wasn't it; the truth was that nobody would have been ready to replace me, because each one knew that he would end up just as much a wreck as I.
I believe German soldiers are good and decent, and if they did anything wrong it was because of military necessity.
This war no longer has anything to do with knightly conduct or with the agreements of the Geneva Convention.
It isn't right to be obedient only when things go well;
it is much harder to be a good, obedient soldier when things go badly and times are hard. Obedience and faith at such time is a virtue.
I call on God Almighty to have mercy on the German people.
More than two million German soldiers went to their death for the fatherland before me. I follow now my sons - all for Germany.
Consideration of any kind are a crime against the German people and the soldier at the front.
Hitler gave us orders - and we believed in him.
Then he commits suicide and leaves us to bear the guilt. He should have remained alive to bear his share.
Hitler had charm, loved children, charmed women.
But in political respects he would stop at nothing. In other respects he had soft and touching emotions. Just as he could be terribly brutal in following up political ideas, so he could be humanely sensitive for the feelings of individuals, for the individual human life.
I am a soldier and I worked for the kaiser, under Ebert, Hindenburg, and Hitler, all the same way, for the past 44 years.
Death by hanging. That, at least, I thought I would be spared.
A field marshal who issued orders to the armed forces but had no idea of the results they would have in practice.
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.
No matter what Hitler said, he spoke with a fine feeling for the particular circle which he addressed. ... He was a great psychologist.
This fight has nothing to do with soldierly gallantry or principles of the Geneva Convention. If the fight against the partisans is not waged with the most brutal means, we will shortly reach the point where the available forces are insufficient to control the area. It is therefore not only justified, but it is the duty of the troops to use all means without restriction, even against women and children, so long as it ensures success.
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.
It is tragic to have to realize that the best I had to give as a soldier, obedience, and loyalty, was exploited for purposes which could not be recognized at the time, and that I did not see that there is a limit set even for a soldier's performance to his duty. That is my fate.