Jodl was a competent expert and brave soldier, but his indomitable enthusiasm and devotion to Hitler and the NSDAP created between him and the other officers of the deep chasm that was never overcome. In 1935, Jodl, who by that time Oberst, was assigned to the control of the Army. And when Hitler created the High Command of Land Forces (OKW), headed by Jodl management of national defense. A few months later, in March 1938, from Lieutenant-General Max von Viba for fear of escalating the crisis in the Austrian war had a nervous breakdown. And the place of the chief of the operations department of the OKW took Jodl.