• Short Summary

    Seventy-four-year-old Albert Kesselring, former German Field Marshal, died in Bad Nauheim, West Germany, where he was undergoing treatment for a heart ailment, July 16.

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    Seventy-four-year-old Albert Kesselring, former German Field Marshal, died in Bad Nauheim, West Germany, where he was undergoing treatment for a heart ailment, July 16.

    During World War Two Kesselring was responsible for German aerial "blitzkrieg" tactics - the massed bombing of Warsaw, Rotterdam, London, Coventry, and other cities. From 1942 until the closing stages of the war when he was in charge on the Western front - Kesselring was supreme commander of all German forces in North Africa and Italy.

    Captured by Americans in 1945, he was tried for the execution of 335 Italian hostages in the Ardeatine caves outside Rome, and condemned to death. The sentence was commuted - first to life imprisonment, then to 20 years, but in 1952 on grounds of failing health the British government ordered his release. Shortly after, he became head of the West German Stalhelm (Steel Helmet) veterans' organisation. He did nothing to increase his popularity in Britain by stating that Britain could have prevented war in 1939 by "putting a little pressure on the Poles."
    His opposite number in the 1944 Italian campaign, Britain's Field Marshal Lord Alexander, described him today as "a very brave and honourable opponent, and not at all an easy man to beat."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAHBJDVTSZ78544EJDYAGE17DM
    Media URN:
    VLVAAHBJDVTSZ78544EJDYAGE17DM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/07/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:25:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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