‘Chicken Farmer Who Saved D-Day’ talk Monday

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NEW YORK MILLS — The History Club will host Dr. James Pula, professor emeritus of Purdue University in Indiana, on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the New York Mills Community Center, 320 Main St. Pula will tell the story of “The Chicken Farmer Who Saved D-Day.”

By all estimates, the Allied invasion of Europe was going to be a difficult and costly affair. Approaching a fortified coastline heavily manned by trained soldiers with the latest military equipment, would require not only courage and luck, but also extensive foresight and planning. Plans would be based on various forms of intelligence and counterintelligence activities. As odd as it may seem, the most important player in this game was a former chicken farmer with no previous training in the art of subterfuge, but a vivid imagination.

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