“Smiling Albert” Was originally sentenced to death after the war. He was convicted of ordering the murder of 355 Italian civilians. He was a war criminal.
“The death verdict against Kesselring generated outrage in the United Kingdom, where Kesselring was viewed sympathetically by his former foes, including the former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and Alexander, who sent a telegram to Prime Minister Clement Attlee in which he expressed his hope that Kesselring’s sentence would be commuted.....
As his old opponent on the battlefield”, he stated, “I have no complaints against him. Kesselring and his soldiers fought against us hard but clean.”
Death sentence and eventually prison were commuted and he was basically exonerated.