Order of the Red Eagle

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The Order of the Red Eagle (German: Roter Adlerorden) was an order of chivalry of the Kingdom of Prussia. It was awarded to both military personnel and civilians, to recognize valor in combat, excellence in military leadership, long and faithful service to the kingdom, or other achievements. As with most German (and most other European) orders, the Order of the Red Eagle could only be awarded to commissioned officers or civilians of approximately equivalent status. However, there was a medal of the order, which could be awarded to non-commissioned officers and enlisted men, lower ranking civil servants and other civilians.

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Order of the Red Eagle
Roter Adlerorden
Grand Cross breast star
TypeState Order
Awarded forMerit
Presented bythe Kingdom of Prussia
EligibilityCivilians and military, Prussian and foreign, with rank/status determining which grade one received
Established12 June 1792 (in Prussia)
Ribbon of the order
Next (higher)Order of Merit of the Prussian Crown
Next (lower)Order of the Crown