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Quotes for
Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (Character)
from Downfall (2004)

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Downfall (2004)
Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: Your report impressed the Führer. He has appointed you commander of Berlin's defenses.
General der Artillerie Helmuth Weidling: I'd rather be shot than have this honor.

Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: The Führer has lost all sense of reality.
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: He moves divisions that only exist on his map. Steiner's scattered unit can hardly defend itself and yet, Steiner is ordered to attack! It's pure madness!
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Then why don't you tell him yourself?
Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: He won't listen to reason. You should know that.
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Something must be done.
Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: Are you insane? We'll be thrown out like Rundstedt and Guderian!
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Yes, and?
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: [glares at Fegelein] We are soldiers! We pledged our allegiance to the Führer!
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: So that means we are no longer allowed to think?
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: All this coming from you? An opportunist? A ruthless careerist?
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Pardon?
[Burgdorf takes a swig of alcohol]

General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: [after Hitler realizes that the war is lost and goes to his room] What now?
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: It's time to end this spectacle.
Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: [Shocked] What do you mean? Just stop fighting? That's unthinkable! The Führer said we will not surrender. We will not repeat November 1918! Never!
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: You all heard him. He's no longer leading us. 'Do whatever you want.' That's what he said.
Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: There is no one who will replace him! The Führer is the Führer!
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: [to the others] The Führer is just confused. He will pull through.
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Oh, great! And what will happen afterwards?
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: [pause] We cannot surrender for the Führer would never approve. We swore to obey his will!
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: Nothing but empty phrases! We must act NOW! Before it's all too late!
General der Infanterie Wilhelm Burgdorf: You just want to save your skin!
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein: [to Burgdorf] Mind your words.
[the Generals storm off]

Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: Even at the risk of repeating myself, the Ninth army must be withdrawn, otherwise it is surrounded and wiped out! We must now...
Adolf Hitler: The Ninth army will not retreat. Tell Busse to fight where he stands.
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: My Führer, then the Ninth army will be lost.
Adolf Hitler: We will repel the Soviet troops advancing to the North and East, with a relentless and almighty assault.
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: With what force, my Führer?
Adolf Hitler: Steiner's force will attack from the North and unite with the Ninth army.
General der Infanterie Hans Krebs: The Ninth Army is unable to move North; the enemy army outnumbers us ten to one.
Adolf Hitler: Wenck: he will support them with the Twelfth Army.
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: But my Führer, the Twelfth Army is heading west to the Elbe.
Adolf Hitler: Then tell the army to turn around!
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: But we would expose the Western Front!
Adolf Hitler: Are you questioning my orders? I believe I made myself clear!


The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)
Field Marshal Keitel: Have you any better suggestions?
Field Marshal Gerd von Runstedt: Yes, one very much better. Make peace, you idiot!


Valkyrie (2008)
Col. Claus von Stauffenberg: [after being informed Hitler is meeting Benito Mussolini for lunch] Will Mussolini be at the briefing?
Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel: We should be so lucky. Then some ambitious young officer might do us a favor and shoot the Dago bastard!


"Nuremberg: Episode #1.1" (2000)
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: Hess seems completely mad.
Generalfeldmarschall Wilhelm Keitel: It is an act, he is being clever.
Generaloberst Alfred Jodl: If he was so clever, he wouldn't have spent the last four years in an English prison.