Tuesday 25 June 1996
The tourist information office gave us directions to get to Louis XIV Redoubt. It led us up a steep hill behind Sare along a very wet and muddy path. This was not at all what I had expected, but it gave us an insight into what it must have been like for the French and allied troops who had to live rough in this area for many winter months. If it could be this cold and uncomfortable in June, what must it be like in the winter?
The rain had cleared, and the sky was a lot brighter, but it was still cold enough to need a jacket when we settled down inside the redoubt to have our picnic lunch and read about the battle in F C Beatson’s “
The Signal Redoubt as seen from Louis XIV Redoubt. It is much steeper and quite difficult to climb, but is worth the effort for the extensive views alone. And again it brought home what excellent soldiers