By Walter Gorlitz
Those outstanding memoirs--written by means of German Field-Marshal Wilhelm Keitel within the six weeks earlier than he was once hanged in Nuremberg for battle crimes--offers readers an exceptional, insider's view of the Wehrmacht, Hitler, and the occasions that made WWII the main devastating clash of recent occasions.
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He informed me that he was embarking on a voyage to the Indian Ocean with his wife, but before that he would be staying for some weeks in Italy. Even so, he could not keep on the move for a whole year. He planned to write to me in good time to ask for Hitler’s consent to his taking up residence in his cottage at Bad Wiessee. He would be putting up half the money for Dorle’s wedding, as it was wrong to postpone it any longer. I have gone to some trouble to write such a detailed account of the whole affair in order that at least one truthful version should be committed to paper.
The whole thing had gone off perfectly and the rival was already overseas. In the meantime, Göring had ascertained the details of the lady’s earlier character and he told me everything, but I intend to keep these details to myself even now, even though Mr. Gisevius wagged his tongue about them in the witness box at Nuremberg; no doubt Count von Helldorf was his oracle. I reported at the Reich Chancellery at five o’clock that afternoon [26th January, 1938] and was immediately shown up to Hitler’s study.
57 In view of my candour in my dealings with Brauchitsch, it would not have been too difficult for him to have turned Hitler against me or to have awakened his mistrust in me, for in that respect Hitler was more than sensitive and he never failed to follow these things up. I know from Brauchitsch himself that in 1939 [General] Milch, the Secretary of State for Air, was being nominated to replace me. There would certainly have been attempts from the army’s side to eliminate me as well – had they been able to find even one person prepared to accept my thorny office.
In the Service of the Reich. The Memoirs of Field-Marshal Wilhelm Keitel by Walter Gorlitz