Wilhelm Keitel was a German field marshal during WW2 and Knights Cross recipient. He served as Chief of the Armed Forces High Command in Nazi Germany during WW2. Keitel was well known and reviled as Hitler’s dependable and habitual “yes-man” among his military colleagues. In the course of the war, he signed a number of criminal orders and directives that led to a war of unprecedented brutality and criminality against military and civilian combatants. He was definitely what you would call a badass Nazi.
After the war Keitel was arrested by the Allies and found guilty of some very serious war crimes.
Keitel was executed in 1946 by Sgt John Woods a complete amateur who had bluffed his way into the position of hangman for the US armed forces. Woods executed ten Nazis after the Nuremburg trials, all of them violently banged their heads as they fell through the small trapdoor, with the fall being insufficient to break their necks, in Keitel’s case it took 24 minutes for him to die a slow death by strangulation. One might argue that woods just hated Nazis and his methods were a macabre way of proving this. However he had also executed over thirty G.I’s prior to Nuremburg, eleven of them also being bungled in the same manner. So maybe he just hated people who happened to be at the end of his rope or was naturally incompetent at his job? I guess we will never know.
After the war Woods took up the position of electrician in the US army (hangmen positions were obviously in short supply) and accidentally electrocuted himself to death in 1950 on the Marshall Islands.
I think we can safely vote Woods into history as the worlds worst executioner and also the worlds worst electrician!
Keitel in happier days with table and chair limited to 100 pieces worldwide. The map is only shown for illustration purposes and is not included. Feel free to add a pot of tea or coffee mug from our accessory sets to complete the setting. An SS waiter set is also due out soon, the possibilities really start to unfold now!