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Country: Germany
Kingdom: Saxony (Sachsen)
Established: 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.
Classes: 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
Criteria:
Knight's Cross of the Order of Albert
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.
WWI Awards: 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)
 
Recipients - World War I Aces
11 Kroll, Heinrich
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords - 18 Jun 1918
12 Schleich, Eduard Ritter von
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords
13 Schmidt, Julius
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords
14 Schneider, Kurt
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords - 10 Jan 1917
15 Student, Kurt Arthur Benno
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords - 15 Jun 1915
16 Veltjens, Josef
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords
17 Windisch, Rudolf
Knight, 1st Class with Swords - 04 Nov 1917
18 Wintgens, Kurt
Knight, 2nd Class with Swords - 19 Jul 1916
 
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