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Amedeo di Savoia-Aosta

Date of birth:
October 21st, 1898 (Turin, Kingdom of Italy)
Date of death:
March 3rd, 1942 (Nairobi, Kenya)
Buried on:
Italian Military Mausoleum Nyeri
Nationality:
Italian (1860-1946, Kingdom)

Biography

Amadeo was a prince of the House of Savoy, the third Duke of Aosta and Duke of Apulia. The prince died of tuberculosis in a prisoner of war camp in Nairobi.

Promotions:
1914: Caporale
?: Tenente
1917: Capitano
1923: Maggiore
?: Tenente Colonnello di Artiglieria
1934: Generale di brigata aerea
?: Generale di divisione aerea
16 November 1937: Generale di squadra aerea
?: Generale d’Armata Aerea

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Capitano (Captain)
Awarded on:
1918
Medaglia interalleata della vittoria
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Capitano (Captain)
Awarded on:
1919
Ordine Supremo della S.S. Annunziata - Cavaliere
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Capitano (Captain)
Awarded on:
1919
Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro - Cavaliere di gran croce
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Capitano (Captain)
Awarded on:
1919
Ordine della Corona d'Italia - Cavaliere della Croce Grande
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Capitano (Captain)
Awarded on:
1919
Croce al Merito di Guerra
Rank:
Capitano (Captain)
Awarded on:
1920
Medaglia Commemorativa della Guerra Italo-Austriaca 1915–18
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Capitano (Captain)
Awarded on:
1922
Medaglia commemorativa dell'Unità d'Italia
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Maggiore (Major)
Awarded on:
1923
Awarded on:
July 24th, 1926
Pilota Militare
Rank:
Tenente Colonnello (Lieutenant Colonel)
Awarded on:
May 19th, 1928
Rank:
Tenente Colonnello (Lieutenant Colonel)
Awarded on:
August 10th, 1928
Ordine Militare di Savoia -Officer
Awarded on:
August 5th, 1936
"He promptly intervened at the place where an airplane had hit the ground and caught fire. As soon as he realized that the pilot was still among the wreckage, heedless of the very serious danger deriving from the explosion of the fuel, he launched himself, regardless of the danger, towards the aircraft engulfed in very high flames, and although burned by the fire, he managed to extract the pilot who was still showing signs of life from the plane. Gorizia airport."
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare
Awarded on:
1936
Medaglia commemorativa delle operazioni militari in Africa Orientale Italiana, 1935-36
Awarded on:
1936
Awarded on:
1939
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Generale d’Armata Aerea
Unit:
Forze Armate dell'Africa Orientale Italiana, Regio Esercito
Awarded on:
1941
"Senior Commander of the Armed Forces of Italian East Africa, during eleven months of bitter struggle, isolated from the Motherland, surrounded by an overwhelming enemy in terms of means and strength, he showed the already experienced capacity of a sagacious and heroic leader. As a very daring aviator and tireless source of inspiration of his troops, he guided them everywhere, on land, on the sea and in the sky, in victorious offensives, in tenacious defenses, engaging significant enemy forces. Besieged in the narrow foyer of the Amba Alagi, at the head of a host of warriors, he resisted beyond the limits of human capacities, in a titanic effort that imposed itself upon the admiration of the enemy himself. [He is a] faithful continuer of the warrior traditions of the Savoy family and a pure symbol of the Roman virtues of imperial and fascist Italy. Italian East Africa, 10 June 1940-18 May 1941 "
Medaglia d'oro al Valore Militare
For daring actions in flight over Cyrenaica.
Medaglia d'argento al Valore Militare
Ordine al merito civile di Savoia

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