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Born 2 January 1914
Place of birth Wolfenbüttel
Allegiance Nazi Germany
Service/branch , Waffen SS, Heer
Years of service 1934– 1945
Unit 8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer
37th SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Lützow
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
German Cross in Gold
Iron Cross 1st Class
Iron Cross 2nd Class
Close Combat Clasp in Bronze
Wound Badge in Black
Relations Wilhelm Keitel Father
Karl-Heinz Keitel was a Sturmbannführer in the Waffen SS during World War II.
* 1 Military Service
* 2 Personal Life
* 3 References
* 4 Further reading
 Military Service
Karl-Heinz Keitel was born on the 2 January 1914, in Wolfenbüttel, the eldest son of Wilhelm Keitel who would rise to become Chief of the OKW, the German Military High Command, during World War II. He joined the Heer in 1934 and served in various cavalry units following the outbreak of war in 1939. In June 1943 he was assigned to the Kavallerie-Schule in Potsdam-Krampnitz, and served as a battalion commander, and later the regimental commander of the Kavallerie-Regiment Nord. On the 5th August 1944, he transferred into the Waffen-SS and served with the 22. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Division "Maria Theresia". On the 20th October of that year, he was promoted to command SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Regiment 17 / 22.SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Division "Maria Theresia" in the area of Hungary. In November 1944, combined with the Florian Geyer division, the "Maria Theresia" was assigned to the garrison of Budapest. On the 12th December he was wounded in action while defending against Red Army probing attacks into Budapest for which he was awarded the Wound Badge in Black.
In March he transferred to the 37. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Division "Lützow" as its commander, and led the 2000 strong remenants of the division in heavy fighting Wiener-Neustadt as part of 6. SS-Panzer Armee. He was reportedly promoted Obersturmbannführer in the closing months of the war, but this has never been confirmed and is not recorded in his service records; a quite common occurance in the final days of the Third Reich.
 Personal Life
On the 20th October 1938, he married Dorothee von Blomberg, daughter of Werner von Blomberg. Together they had one son (Hans-Christof, born 23.07.1939) and three daughters (Sybilla, born 17.12.1940; Jutta, born 14.05.1942; and Stephanie, born 26.12.1943). At the time of the marraige, his father Wilhelm Keitel made no attempt to hide the fact that the engagement of his son to Blomberg's daughter, he was working towards an entente with his superior, Field-Marshal von Blomberg himself.