Arian asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

Why didn’t Eisenhower and other American generals salute Wilhelm Keitel ?

In May 1945 . American and Soviet generals met with the German High Command where unconditional surrender was agreed on and signed by the German generals. When Keitel walked into the room Zhukov and Eisenhower amongst other allied generals were sitting they didn’t get up , when Keitel saluted then none of them returned the salute.

Don’t you think this was unprofessional for the generals to not return the salute? I mean the war was about to be over so why hold grudges? I understand the Soviet perspective after all they had a bloody war with the Germans , but why were the American generals sour ?

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  • Tina
    Lv 7
    6 months ago
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    Possibly because they had seen the concentration camps.

    MIdnight Run's claim that Eisenhower 'murdered' a million POWs is based on the book "Other Losses" by James Bacque, a Canadian writer. Not all historians agree with his findings.

    Midnight Run/Dave's sentence:

    "It was part of the same disrespect that the Allies held for Germany throughout the war, like when they were murdering innocent people in Dresden."

    is rather odd. As Germany was the enemy, and the extent of Hitler's atrocities was becoming known, it is hard to see why the Allies should have respected them. He also seems unable to accept that Hitler's bombs killed innocent people (presumably he means civilians) just as dead as those of the Allies did. Hitler began his war on Poland by bombing four non military targets with no air defences, and smashed Warsaw into surrender. He blitzed London and other major cities in Britain, and carried out the Baedeker Raids on non-miilitary targets with the deliberate intention of frightening the British in surrender.

    • Tina
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      I meant stop it everywhere dave, not just here.

  • Who
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    they didnt bear a grudge - they just didnt give a f//k about him

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Winston Churchill ordered we Film everything from the invasion FDR ordered the same thing we were aware from 1940 what the Nazis did in relation to war crimes most generals were Guilty that is why there was No

    Respect for Most Nazi Generals

  • 6 months ago

    It was part of the same disrespect that the Allies held for Germany throughout the war, like when they were murdering innocent people in Dresden. Eisenhower, in particular, hated Germans with such a passion that he murdered more than a million in his death camps AFTER the war.

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  • 6 months ago

    Keitel was on the list of war criminals facing arrest and execution which Eisenhower would have been aware of - all that was required was a degree of formality rather than any displays of mutual respect between commanding officers.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    He wasn't wearing his uniform hat and that is part of the protocol of returning a salute – mind you even if he had been wearing a uniform hat his salute probably wouldn't have been returned.

    btw it is usual to refer to an officer by his or her rank even if you are trying to troll a website. Keitel was a Field Marshal and requires your respect you ignorant dolt.

  • 6 months ago

    Because the Germans were scum and a defeated foe

  • 6 months ago

    It was part of military protocol. A defeated General is not saluted

    • Killmouseky
      Lv 7
      6 months agoReport

      I'm unaware of the various protocols used by all countries, but there are multitudes of examples where a defeated officer (including highest-level) were saluted during surrender or like meetings. It's called "class."

  • 6 months ago

    The surrender had not been signed at that point. The victor generally does not make a show of respect to the vanquished in that moment.

    In this case, prospects for the war trials were already underway and certainly there was information available regarding Keitel's involvement. Keitel was found guilty and hanged, so in retrospect it would not have been smart to show respect for a war criminal. The Nazis were pretty much viewed with disgust.

  • 6 months ago

    Keitel represented the losers, who were now the underdogs. The Allied generals saw the Germans as being the cause of years of suffering, and it was only right that the Germans' representative should not be treated with any more than basic respect. If Eisenhower and Zhukov had returned Keitel's salute, they would have been seen to be going some way towards excusing Germany's reprehensible behaviour.

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