What were the consequences?

Personal plea by the Commander of the Allied Forces in Italy against the execution of Kesselring

This is a telegram sent by General Alexander (former chief of the allied army in Italy until December 1944) to the British Prime Minister Clement Atlee, after Kesselring had been sentenced to death for war crimes against the Italian population from 1943 to 1945. The telegram is dated the day after the sentence was handed down by the Court.

Later the conviction was reduced to a life sentence; then to 21 years and then in 1952 he was released and returned to Germany.



Source: Telegram by Harold Alexander, Quebec, Canada, 8th  May 1947, in National Archives, London, War Office, 32/15490