Albert Kesselring Biography
Birthday: November 30, 1885 (Sagittarius)
Born In: Marktsteft, Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany
Albert Kesselring was a German military officer who served in both world wars, and after the conclusion of the second one, was found guilty of committing war crimes. He was one of the most brilliant, capable, and highly-decorated commanders of Nazi Germany. Originally from the town of Marktsteft, Kesselring enlisted in the Bavarian Army as an officer cadet in 1904 and was part of the artillery branch. During World War I, he saw combat on both Eastern and Western Fronts and served in the general staff. He did not leave the army after the war ended. In 1933, he was relieved of his duties so he could become the head of the Department of Administration at the Reich Commissariat for Aviation. Serving in that position, he rebuilt the German aviation industry and played an instrumental role in the establishment of the Luftwaffe. During World War II, he served as the generalfeldmarschall of the Luftwaffe, taking part in the invasions of Poland and France, the Battle of Britain and Operation Barbarossa, and participated in the Mediterranean theatre as the German overall commander. Kesselring received the admiration of his Allied opponents for his military capabilities. After the end of the war, he was given a death sentence for the Ardeatine massacre, but it was later changed to life imprisonment.