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Country: Austro-Hungarian Empire
Established: The Military Order of Maria Theresa (Militär Maria Theresien Orden) was established on 18 June 1757 by the Empress Maria Theresa.
Classes: The Military Order of Maria Theresa was originally established with two classes: the Grand Cross and the Knight's Cross. On 15 October 1765, Emperor Joseph II added the Commander's Cross and the Knight's Cross second class.
Criteria:
Military Order of Maria Theresa
The Military Order of Maria Theresa was one of the most prestigious and eagerly sought after military awards that the Austro-Hungarian monarchy could bestow. It was awarded to commissioned officers for especially meritorious and valorous acts.

During World War I, the Military Order of Maria Theresa was only awarded 131 times.
 
Recipients - World War I Aces
1 Banfield, Gottfried Freiherr von
Knight's Cross - 17 Aug 1917
 
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