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Fortuitously for the Allies and much to Soult’s frustration, he chose the latter. Nevertheless, the presence of so large a force remained a constant worry to Wellington. Finally, in early September, Wellington received the confirmation he had long awaited; Austria had declared war (on 12 August) against France. A French victory at Dresden on 27 August had been offset by the defeat of Marshal Étienne Macdonald by Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher at Kätzbach on the 26th and General Dominique Vandamme’s surrender at Kulm on the 30th.
At which point the 2nd Division closed on the redoubts running west, from the Col de Pinodieta, and engaged Boivin’s brigade which put up more of a fight before withdrawing east towards Cambo. Foy had received orders to close on d’Erlon’s force early on 10 November but by the time he received the order his division was already in motion to attack the passes at Maya. They came into contact with the Spanish forces in a blocking position but achieved little and with the sounds of a receding battle to the north, Foy withdrew.
To the west, Freire’s Spaniards pushed on up the road towards Olhette, while in the east Giron’s divisions were to capture the important hill of d’Olhain, on which stood an ancient chapel. Simultaneously, the 7th Division were to advance against the works in front of Sare (the large redoubts of Santa Barbara and Granada) and the 6th Division were to do likewise against d’Erlon’s defences in front of Ainhoa. In the face of these assaults, Clausel ordered the abandonment of the lower slopes of the Rhune and of the Santa Barbara redoubt; this in turn convinced the two commanders atop the Rhune (12e and 34e Léger) that their position was untenable and that night, without confirmation from Clausel, they abandoned the feature.