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Author:

 

Antony Hugill


Report:

 

5


Page:

 

62


Year:

 

1978


Subject Matter:

 

Military



Excerpt:

 

«ALACRITY» comes from the Latin Alacritas, meaning «a cheerful readiness or promptitude.» In 1943 it was the codename for a bloodless operation which may have saved many lives and helped to shorten a world war. 

ALACRITY was based on a six-hundred-year-old Treaty of Alliance, that of 1373 between King Edward III of England and King Ferdinand and Queen Eleanor of Portugal. Revived, renewed, and fortified many times thereafter, it was the old treaty itself which was invoked, because it was the clearest and contained the fewest inhibiting clauses.

 




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