The cave of Sainte-Baume
|• Mayor (2001–2008)||Vincent Martinez|
|Area1||24.91 km2 (9.62 sq mi)|
|• 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.
Second World War
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.
- Evelyn Le Chene, "Watch for Me by Moonlight" (wartime experiences of Robert Burdett), Corgi, London 1974
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