Alfred Josef Ferdinand Jodl (help·info) (10 May 1890 – 16 October 1946) was a German military commander, attaining the position of Chief of the Operations Staff of the Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, or OKW) during World War II, acting as deputy to Wilhelm Keitel, and signed the unconditional surrender of Germany as a representative for German president Karl Dönitz. At Nuremberg he was tried, sentenced to death and hanged as a war criminal, although he was later exonerated by a German court.
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General Alfred Jodl
Jodl, Porsche, Guderian, Hitler, and Keitel inspection.
On 18-19 March 1943, Hitler visited the town of Rügenwalde/Pomerania (Germany) to see the demonstration of 80 cm. Eisenbahngeschütz “Dora”, the largest gun in the world, and newly built panzers. This picture was taken in 19 March 1943 by Walter Frentz and shows, from left to right: General der Artillerie Alfred Jodl , Dr.-Ing. Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler, Hauptdienstleiter Dipl.-Ing. Karl-Otto Saur, SS-Gruppenführer Julius Schaub, Generalleutnant Walter Buhle, and Oberstleutnant Friedrich-Wilhelm “Fritz” Holzhäuer.
From left to right: Großadmiral Karl Dönitz, Korvettenkapitän Jan Heinrich Hansen-Nootbaar (Dönitz adjudant), Generaloberst Alfred Jodl and Konteradmiral Gerhard Wagner
Großadmiral Karl Dönitz and Generaloberst Alfred Jodl.
Adolf Hitler & Alfred Jodl analyzing a map.
Adolf Hitler with Benito Mussolini (left) and Generaloberst Alfred Jodl (2nd from right).
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Cenotaph in the family grave in the Fraueninsel Cemetery, in Chiemsee.
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General Alfred Jodl
German general Alfred Jodl wearing black leather trenchcoat.
Alfred Jodl (between Major Wilhelm Oxenius to the left and Generaladmiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg to the right) signing the German Instrument of Surrender at Reims, France 7 May 1945.
Chief of Staff Jodl
“The Germans, Major [Wilhelm] Oxenius, Col. General [Alfred] Jodl, Admiral General [Hans-Georg] von Friedeberg march stiffly in under floodlights at 2:39 a.m. Monday, May 7. Von Friedeberg was coolest of three.” Jodl is about to sign the surrender documents.
Signing the German Instrument of Surrender at Reims, France 7 May 1945.
1946 Nuremberg courtroom.
Alfred Rosenberg (right) at the Nuremberg trials, with Hans Frank (centre) and Alfred Jodl.
The body of Alfred Jodl after being hanged, 16 October 1946.
German Military History with a focus on World War II History including other areas of German History