||Originally established on 14 August 1815 by
King Victor Emmanuel I of Sardinia, the Military Order of Savoy (LOrdine Militare di Savoia) was reestablished in 1855
by King Victor Emmanuel II of Sardinia (later King Victor Emmanuel I of Italy)
||Grand Cross (Cavaliere di Gran
Croce), Grand Officer (Grande Ufficiale), Commander (Commendatore),
Officer (Ufficiale), Knight (Cavaliere)
The Military Order of Savoy was awarded for especially distinguished service in war.
The first three classes had the royal crown above the cross. The Officer class had the
cross suspended from a "trophy" of flags. The lowest class, the Knight's class, had the cross suspended from a simple ring. The Knight's class was awarded to sailors as well as soldiers. The ribbon
had three equal stripes of navy/red/navy.
With the fall of the monarchy, the Military Order of Savoy was renamed the Order of Military
Merit of Italy.