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.