Albert Kesselring
Albert Kesselring


Albert Kesselring


30 November 1885


16 July 1960 (aged 74)


Smiling Albert (by Allies)
Uncle Albert (by his troops)

Known for

Being a monkey

Mentioned by

Adolf Hitler (to Robert Ritter von Greim)

“...Kesselring im Süden.”
Adolf Hitler, speaking to von Greim
Albert Kesselring (30 November 1885 – 16 July 1960) was a German Luftwaffe Generalfeldmarschall during World War II.

Albert Kesselring was born in Marktsteft, Bavaria, on 30 November 1885. He joined the Bavarian Army as an officer cadet in 1904, and served in the artillery branch. During WWI, he served on both the Western and Eastern fronts.

During WWII he commanded air forces in the invasions of Poland and France, the Battle of Britain, and Operation Barbarossa. Kesselring conducted a stubborn defensive campaign against the Allied forces in Italy until he was injured in an accident in October 1944. In the final campaign of the war, he commanded German forces on the Western Front. He won the respect of his Allied opponents for his military accomplishments, but his record was marred by massacres committed by troops in Italy.

After the war, Kesselring was tried for war crimes and sentenced to death. The sentence was subsequently commuted to life imprisonment. A political and media campaign resulted in his release in 1952, ostensibly on health grounds. He was one of only three Generalfeldmarschalls to publish his memoirs, entitled Soldat bis zum letzten Tag (A Soldier to the Last Day).

Role in Downfall Universe

Kesselring does not appear in Downfall, like Steiner, Wenck, and Busse. He is only mentioned when Hitler talks to von Greim about his "huge decoy operation" on the Soviet army.

He appeared in one parody, where he is headpasted on a monkey, that eats rotten marula fruits.


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