"the Maria Theresa Order of the third grade"

The Maria Theresa Order
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe Maria Theresa Order - Credit: Robert Prummel
 The Military Maria Theresa Order was founded in 1757 by the Empress Maria Theresa, the only female empress of the Holy Roman Empire. The three grades of the order were grand cross, the commanders' cross and the knights' cross, and they were presented to commissioned officers for outstanding acts of valour.