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The cave of Sainte-Baume
The cave of Sainte-Baume
Coat of arms of Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume
Coat of arms
Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume is located in France
Coordinates: 43°19′46″N 5°43′01″E / 43.3295°N 5.717°E / 43.3295; 5.717Coordinates: 43°19′46″N 5°43′01″E / 43.3295°N 5.717°E / 43.3295; 5.717
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Var
Arrondissement Brignoles
Canton Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer
Intercommunality Sainte-Baume Mont-Aurélien
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Vincent Martinez
Area1 24.91 km2 (9.62 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,144
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 83093 /83640
Elevation 510–1,148 m (1,673–3,766 ft)
(avg. 700 m or 2,300 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. It lies to the north of the Sainte-Baume mountain range.

Second World War[edit]

In June 1944, at the aftermath of D-Day when the French Resistance went on an offensive against the German occupiers, the hills near Plan-d'Aups were the site of a bloody battle. Some 200 Maquis had set up a camp there, commanded by SOE agent Robert Burdett. They were attacked by large German forces. Though taken by surprise due to a faulty placing of guards, the Maquis did inflict considerable casualties on the Germans and many of them managed to escape into the surrounding mountains.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evelyn Le Chene, "Watch for Me by Moonlight" (wartime experiences of Robert Burdett), Corgi, London 1974