Friday 28 June 1996
Throughout the battle of the Nivelle in 1814 this town was the right flank of the French defensive line. It is now a popular, and at this time of year crowded, seaside resort. This was our first sunny morning, and we celebrated with a day by the sea. We had a very pleasant day exploring the town, but found nothing of interest from a Napoleonic point of view.
Saturday 29 June 1996
We had planned to visit
The French held a very strong fortified position on The Rhune, which is the dominating mountain in this part of the
Behind the church in Vera a good path leads up the hill towards the Star Redoubt, the site of the first French position. There is not much to see of it now, though a careful examination of the area does show the overgrown outline of the redoubt.