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Pour la vertu militaire
Awarded by the Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel
Country Hesse-Kassel
Type single-class order
Eligibility Military personnel
Status Obsolete
Motto VIRTUTI (Lat.: for virtue)
Established 25 February 1769
Last awarded 1866
Next (higher) House Order of the Golden Lion
Related Pour le Mérite
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The Pour la vertu militaire (Fr.: for military virtue) was a military order of merit established on 25th of February, 1769 by Frederick II, Landgrave of Hessen-Kassel. The order, modelled on the Prussian Pour le Mérite, could be awarded in a single class to officers of Hessian army or allied armies for wartime or peacetime military merit. When awarded for peacetime merit, only officers from major upwards were eligible. In 1820 the French name was changed to German: Militär-Verdienstorden (Order of Military Merit). It was discontinued in 1866, after the annexation of Hessen-Kassel by the Kingdom of Prussia.


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