Thursday 4 July 1996
We had put off a second visit to Maya due to poor weather, but today was our last day and our last opportunity. Dressed in our waterproofs it was not what you would expect for the south of
This is the path from
Another photo on the same path, you can see from the puddles that it had already been raining heavy before we arrived. Just after we left the car it started to rain again.
By the time we reached the Gorospil the rain had stopped, but it was still very overcast. During the battle heavy mist also played a part, so it was appropriate to see the area in these conditions.
This is the area where 400 men of the 92th Highlanders fought a delaying action against a full French division.
Once more the weather cleared, and we decided to push on beyond the Gorospil along the Chemin des Anglais. This is the track the French followed in their advance from Ainhoa.
The French infantry would have seen this view as they neared the Gorospil from Ainhoa.
This area of the Gorospil was held by the British skirmish line and was the scene of fierce fighting. The British infantry were soon pushed back by vastly superior numbers.
The arrival of heavy rain forced us to abandon our final visit to Maya. This was the last photo I took as we made our way back to the car.