Five war criminals chatting: Wilhelm Keitel, Hermann Göring, Karl Dönitz, Heinrich Himmler and Martin Bormann in conversation at a train station near the Obersalzberg. The bad guys always seem to have nice uniforms and footwear.

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Karl Dönitz was a Grand Admiral in the German Navy during WW2, the most capable leader in all of Nazi Germany. He was the architect of U-boat warfare that brought England to its knees with just 28 subs. If Hitler had listened to him, Germany would most likely have won the war.  All American post war subs used his designs including our nuclear subs. After Hitler killed himself, he took over as the leader of Germany and formed the Flensburg government until he was arrested on May 23, 1945.

Großadmiral Karl Dönitz ( 16 September 1891 – 24 December , later Reichspräsident of Germany.

History Channel: Hitler's Henchmen - Karl Dönitz: The Successor - YouTube

History Channel: Hitler's Henchmen - Karl Dönitz: The Successor - YouTube

Left to right: Goring, Keitel, Donitz, Himmler, Hitler

From left to right : Hermann Göring Wilhelm Keitel Karl Dönitz

Karl Dönitz (1891 - 1980) German admiral, commander of the U-boat fleet and later the entire German navy in World War II, he became head of state for about a week after Hitler took his own life and before Germany surrendered

Großadmiral Karl Donitz, Oberbefehlshaber der Kriegsmarine (Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy) Flag Officer, Submarines

Karl Dönitz (1891-1980) Amiral allemand, commandant de l'U-boat.

Karl Dönitz (1891-1980) Amiral allemand, commandant de l'U-boat.

May 8th 1945, Winston Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall on the day he broadcast to the nation that the war with Germany had been won.

Armistice or V-E (Victory in Europe) day May 8 Churchill waving to London crowd. On this day Nazi Germany surrendered to Allies.

Karl Donitz - In January, 1943Adolf Hitler sacked Erich Raeder and appointed Doenitz as Commander in chief of the German Navy.  Hitler selected Doenitz to become head of state after his suicide on 30th April, 1945. After forming a new government he negotiated Germany's surrender on 8th May.  died on 24th December, 1980.

Karl Donitz - In January, Hitler sacked Erich Raeder and appointed…

Adalbert Schnee, Karl Dönitz and Eberhard Godt at the Kriegsmarine Headquarters in Berlin, Germany. January 1943.

Admiral Doenitz along with Korvettenkapitän Adalbert Schnee (left) and Konteradmiral Eberhard Godt, two of his staff are the most reliable, is negotiating strategies at the headquarters of U-boat in France

[Photo] Dönitz, Jodl, and Speer being arrested by British troops, 23 May 1945 | World War II Database (Bundesarchiv)

[Photo] Dönitz, Jodl, and Speer being arrested by British troops, 23 May 1945

Dönitz, Jodl, and Speer being arrested by British troops, 23 May 1945

[Photo] Hermann Göring, Rudolf Heß, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, and Walter Funk at Nürnberg, Germany, 1945-1946 | World War II Database

[Photo] Hermann Göring, Rudolf Heß, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Karl Dönitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach, and Walter Funk at Nürnberg, Germany, 1945-1946

This Day in WWII History: Apr Erich Raeder, commander in chief of the German navy, is born on this day

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