The Order of Albert (Albrechts Orden) was instituted on 31 December 1850 by King Friedrich August II to honor the
memory of Duke Albrecht the Brave, founder of the Albertine Dynasty. The military variation of
the decoration was established in 1866.
Ten classes consisting of divisions for the Grand Cross, Commander's Cross, Officer's Cross and Knight's Cross. Officers serving in the Luftstreitkräfte only received the three lowest-ranking awards:
Knight, 1st Class with Crown and Swords
Knight, 1st Class with Swords
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords
The Order of Albert was originally awarded to " all those who render useful service to the state, or who distinguish themselves through civil merit, science, art, etc., who have earned a claim to Our recognition." Beginning in 1866, the Order of Albert was bestowed upon military personnel for merit in the field and to indicate this, a pair of crossed swords were added to the medal. Very often, non-Saxons also received this award.
Knight, 1st Class with Crown and Swords: 4
(incl. Wilhelm Siegert - Chef des Feldflugwesens)
Knight, 1st Class with Swords: 31 (1 ace)
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords: 167 (pilots and observers)