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Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Duke of Pistoia

by Valdis Kursietis

The following information provides a snapshot of the career of Generale d’armata Prince Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, Duke of Pistoia.

Principe Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, duca di Pistoia

Principe Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia, duca di Pistoia

Born: 10 March 1895 in Turin

Died: 7 September 1990 in Lausanne


Sottotenente: 1914
Tenente: 30 March 1916
Maggiore: 17 June 1923
Tenente colonnello: 21 June 1925
Colonnello: 16 March 1929
Generale di brigata: 1 March 1934
Generale di divisione: 15 February 1936
Generale di corpo d’armata: 12 March 1938
Generale designato d’armata: 14 December 1939
Generale d’armata: 23 July 1943


1 March 1934 – September 1935: Commanding Officer, 11th Infantry Brigade
September 1935 – 20 November 1935: General Officer Commanding, 5th Black Shirt Division “1. February”
20 November 1935 – 9 March 1936: General Officer Commanding, 1st Black Shirt Division “XXIII March”
9 March 1936 – 1 January 1937: assigned to High Command of East Africa
1 January 1937 – 1 July 1938: General Officer Commanding, 11th Infantry Division “Brennero”
1 July 1938 – 10 September 1939: General Officer Commanding, Army Corps of Bolzano
10 September 1939 – : at disposition of the Chief of the General Staff of the Army
12 June 1940 – 31 October 1940: Commander-in-Chief, 7th Army

Awards & Decorations

Cavaliere dell’Ordine Supremo della Santissima Annunziata: 1916
Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine dei Santi Maurizio e Lazzaro: 1916
Cavaliere di Gran Croce dell’Ordine della Corona d’Italia: 1916
Ufficiale dell’Ordine militare di Savoia: 16 January 1941
Medaglia d’argento al valor militare
Cavaliere dell’Ordine di San’Uberto
Cavaliere dell’Ordine dell’Aquila Nera
Cavaliere dell’Ordine dei Serafini

Additional Notes

Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia is the second son of Admiral Tommaso di Savoia-Genova and Isabella, Princess of Bavaria, brother of Generale d’armata Adalberto di Savoia-Genova, Duca di Bergamo and Ammiraglio d’armata Ferdinando di Savoia-Genova, Principe di Udine. On September 22, 1904, King Vittorio Emanuele III awarded him the title of Duke of Pistoia. In accordance with article 34 of the Albertine Statute: “The Princes of the Royal Family are rightly part of the Senate. They sit immediately after the President. They enter the Senate at twenty-one years, and have a vote from twenty-five.” The Duca di Pistoia was thus a member of the Senate from 1916 – 1946. He was considered as a candidate for the throne of Croatia before it was awarded to the Duca di Spoleto.

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