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Ordinul "Mihai Viteazul"
File:Order of Michael the Brave.jpg
The Order "Michael the Brave" third class, as it looked like in the first years of World War II, during the reign of Mihai I. After the King's Coup the year was changed. Notice the M in the Center of the cross, the King's insignia at that time.
Awarded by The King of the Romanians
(1916 - 1947)
The President of Romania
(since 2000)
Type Military Award
Eligibility Military in combat
Status Awarded in time of war (only)
Established 1916 re-instituted in 2000
First awarded 1916
Last awarded 1944 and disbanded in 1947
Next (lower) Ordinul naţional "Steaua României"
Ribbon of the Order of Michael the Brave

The Order of Michael the Brave (Romanian language: Ordinul Mihai Viteazul ) is Romania's highest military decoration, instituted by King Ferdinand I during the early stages of the Romanian Campaign of World War I, and was again awarded in World War II. The Order, which may be bestowed as an individual medal or as a unit award, was named in honor of Michael the Brave (Mihai Viteazul), a late 16th-century Prince of Wallachia, of Transylvania and of Moldavia.


Requirements: Awarded to officers only for exceptional deeds on the battlefield. It is the highest ranking Romanian military order.
Classes: 3rd, 2nd and 1st
Date Instituted: September 26, 1916
Number awarded: 2184
During WW1:
1st class: 16
2nd class: 12
3rd class: 336 (of which 43 awarded to military units)
During WW2:
1st class: 15
2nd class: 76 (of which 13 awarded to military units)
3rd class: 1628 (of which 118 awarded to military units)


Obverse of the modern (2000) third class order

During World War II, at a time when Romania was allied with Germany (see Romania during World War II), the Order was awarded to several members of the Axis military forces:

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