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Adalberto di Savoia-Genova
Duca di Bergamo

Other names: Adalberto Luitpoldo Elena Giuseppe Maria[1]

Other Titles and Honours

Lieutenant general of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Vatican)[2]
Knight of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre (Vatican)[2]
Knight Grand Cross of the Orders of Saint Maurice and Saint Lazarus (Italy)[3]
Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Crown of Italy[3]
Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Vatican)[3]
Knight of the Order of the Annunciation (Italy)[3]
Medal for military valour, silver, 1936 (Italy)[3]

Positions Held

General, 1938[3]
Senator of the Kingdom of Italy[2]
Brigadier-general, 1934[3]
Colonel, 1929[3]
Lieutenant-colonel, 1924[3]
Major, 1923[3]
Captain, 1919[3]
Lieutenant, 1916[3]

Main Events

Adalberto attended the Military School of Modena until 1916 when he graduated as lieutenant of the Lancers Regiment and joined World War I that year. In 1917, he headed the Scuola Mitraglieri Fiat in Brescia, but was soon back fighting as a commanding officer in the 1354th compagnia mitraglieri Fiat. He afterwards joined the Savoia Cavalleria where he was promoted to major. From 1927 to 1930, he attended the Scuola di Guerra, and in 1931, he was nominated commanding officer of the Reggimento Savoia Cavalleria, a post he held for three years. From 1934 to 1935, he was a commanding officer of the 6th Infantry Brigade. In 1935, he was made a deputy-general commanding officer of the 24th Infantry Division 'Gran Sasso', and he left for Ethiopia that same year. The following year, he was made commanding officer of the 'Gran Sasso' and distinguished himself in the battle of the Scirè which earned him the medal of military valour. He returned to Italy in the same year and became commanding officer of the Infantry Division 'Legnanò'.[3] Between 1940 and 1942, he was commanding officer of the 8th Army, and then the 7th Army.[4]

Adalberto represented the king of Italy at the wedding of King Zog of Albania, and in 1943, he lead the Italian delegation to Bulgaria for the funeral of King Boris III. After the monarchy was abolished in Italy in 1946 , he resided in the Hotel Ligure at Turin with his brother Filiberto for some thirty years.[4]

Place of birth and death: Turin[2]



1. H. Montgomery-Massingberd, ed. Burke's Royal Families of the World. Volume I: Europe & Latin America. London: Burke’s Peerage Ltd., 1977.

2. C. de Badts de Cugnac and G. Coutant de Saisseval. Le petit Gotha. [France] 1993.

3. V. Araldi. Generali dell' impero: (i condottieri della guerra in A.O.). Naples: G. Rispoli, 1940.

4. G. Chiaserotti. I Savoia sul mare. Storia dei duchi di Genova (1831-1996). Associazione Immagine per il Piemonte, 27 January 2017.

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