The Pointe de la Varde, which covers an area of about 6 hectares, marks the extreme limit of the external fortifications of Saint-Malo.
It is located about 4 km from the Intra-Muros de Saint-Malo between Rothéneuf and the beach of Le Pont.
We can still see the remains of the fort de la Varde, rebuilt in 1758 on the site of the Arboulé fort, with powerful modern batteries at the end of the tip, built in 1898 and 1899. The construction of the fort at Pointe de la Varde was carried out in a hurry in 1694 with a budget of 4000 livres donated by the king.
It was also called the battery of the Arboulé fort. Its construction was rough and consisted only of an enclosure wall made of earth mortar masonry with a two-foot deep ditch. In 1697, the Arboulé fort was armed with 3 48-pound guns, 3 36-pound guns, 4 24-pound guns and 1 6-pound gun.
The fort was led by 2 officers under whose command 1 bomber, 4 sea gunners, 112 militia gunners, 30 soldiers and 15 sailors served. This fort was not maintained and remained abandoned.
Also, the local residents began to cultivate on his land. This situation lasted until 1758, when the fort was considerably altered to form the entrenchment, glacis and covered road. The Germans installed an artillery casemate model R611 located to the north and equipped with a 105 mm gun, a soldier's shelter model R622, four simple tobrouks and a large tobrouk (the armament of the tobrouks includes machine guns for anti-aircraft combat).
Outside the fort are built several other casemates for 47 mm and 50 mm guns and an artillery observatory. On Saturday, August 12, the American artillery pounded the Croix-Désilles and Saint-Ideuc districts and won the victory.
But the Germans entrenched in the fort of the Varde, heavily armed, were still resisting and it was not until the next day, Sunday, August 13 at around 9:30 p. m., that the Germans renounced the fight, leaving the Varde district in the hands of the Allies. The siege of Paramé was over and the commune became free.