To Die Ritter Ordens of merit

With the accession of Frederick the Great of Prussia was next to the Black Eagle (the statutes to) only one in the Order of Merit 1667 by Margrave Friedrich, later the first king at the age of ten years, yet the participation of his brother, the Elector Karl Emil launched Orden de la Générosité, later, usually called the grace of the Cross.

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A very special step-child in both directions is, determine how time and again can be, Generosity-der Orden Preussische (Order of Generosity) founded on 8.5.1667, transformed 1685, to the Foundation of the Black Eagle Order on 18.1.1701 Brandenburg-Prussian Order of Merit is the only. Since then and until the foundation of the Order Pour le Merit in 1740 (between the 7. and 15. June) Precondition for the preservation of the Black Eagle.

The final award of the Order of Générosité is 1791 (for an Italian Count de Massini Messa) Since then he has gone out. Both Orders are eight-pointed, blaugeschmelzte crosses, Both have golden, uncrowned eagles in the angles, Both have an F on the upper Kreuzesarm, Both have the other three cross arms a golden, short (from a distance can not be seen) Inscription in cursive, both tape is black.

The only differences are the, that is crowned at the Pour le Merit, the F, where no religious Générosité, that this is the inscription: “gene rosi you” and in that: For Merit, and that the tape of this two narrow silver edge strip has, are absent in the Order of Générosité.

There are so easily possible confusion of the two orders. For Merit Angebliche Ritter, So support the above-blue Cross, from the time of 1740 from, not in the work of “Lehmann” found to be, can and must therefore be directed at the knight Générosité. (Those: Dr. Stephan Kekule von Stradonitz)

A feature of the history of the Order Pour le Merit during the reign of King Frederick William II. is the appreciation of his great generosity extremely debilitating, with which he notably on the occasion of the Rhine campaigns and events has been granted in Poland. 1740 Frederick William II. to honor the medal donated by special military merits. From 1810 Frederick William II decided. the medal awarded for outstanding achievements only to be on the battlefield. The awardees formed their own knighthood, the 1816 one thousand officers involved. The Board received a lifetime honorary Sold…


pour-le-merite_bd1Contents Volume I: 1740 to 1811

Awards by King Frederick the Great 1740 to 1786
Awards by King Friedrich Wilhelm II. 1786 to 1797
Awards by King Friedrich Wilhelm III. 1797 to 1811


Second volume content: 1812-1913

Awards by King Friedrich Wilhelm III. 1812 to 1840
Awards by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. 1840-1861
Awards by King William I. 1861 to 1888
Awards by King William II. 1888 to 1905
Die Ritter der Friedensklasse of Ordens for Merit 1842 to 1913

In most high command of His Majesty the Emperor and King, worked in the Royal Ministry of War by Gustav Lehmann, Privy Council of War, and a performing Council in the Ministry of War, Berlin 1913 Royal Hofbuchhandlung, Published by Ernst Siegfried Mittler and Son

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