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the Allied invasion of Normandy in June, 1944—began the liberation of France from the Nazis during World War II. It was the largest invasion force in history and the biggest amphibious operation ever to take place. Forever remembered as “D-Day”, it turned the tide of war in Western Europe and led to the demise of Adolf Hitler. Yet, in spite of the massive numbers of troops and machinery, the Allies were able to keep the Germans from discovering their intentions. How were they able to do so? By secretly breaking the code of the infamous Enigma machine—a device so complex that the German high command thought its secrets would never be breached. By learning the secrets to Enigma, the Allies were able to construct a series of deceptions which allowed the upcoming invasion to remain a covert operation.
On Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 pm, at Highfield Hall in Falmouth, the Falmouth Historical Society’s director Mark Schmidt—former director of the Museum of World War II—will discuss the Enigma machine, how the Allies successfully uncovered its secrets, and the chicanery that the Allies devised to keep the Germans from discovering when and where the invasion would occur. Tickets to this lecture are $5 each. Members of Historic Highfield as well as the Falmouth Historical Society are admitted for $4 each. For more information, please call Historic Highfield at 508-495-1878 or the Historical Society at 508-548-4857.
More About Highfield Hall
Highfield Hall is a nonprofit center for arts and culture serving Falmouth residents and visitors. Saved from demolition and lovingly restored by Historic Highfield, Inc., the 20,000 sq. foot Victorian mansion was built in 1878 by the Beebe family of Boston. Highfield Hall now welcomes visitors to tour the restored building and walk through Beebe Woods, the adjacent 400 acrea conservation area. A permanent exhibition tells the Highfield story and changing art exhibitions are displayed in two gallery spaces. Programs are offered in the areas of culinary arts, music, nature/gardening and history. The venue is available for weddings, private celebrations, community meetings and corporate events.
Other events here
- Seven by Seven: Paints, Pastels and Poems Weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Senioritis: Artwork from the Falmouth High Senior Class Weekly on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Enchanted: Through the Lens of Boston Photographers Fri, May 24, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Fantastical Birds: Quietus in Flight New paintings by Juan Travieso Fri, May 24, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
- Beebe Woods Nature Walks April 23, 2013 / May 28, 2013, 10:30 am–11:30 am
- Savory Pies with Gail Blakely Wed, May 29, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
- Sunday Estate Walks & History of the Beebe Property May 5, 2013 / May 19, 2013 / June 2, 2013 / June 16, 2013 / July 7, 2013 / July 21, 2013 / August 4, 2013, 12:30 pm–1:30 pm