This is an indirect WordPress question and more of an Apache mod_rewrite question.
I have been using a translate plugin which I want to disable. Disabling it is not a problem, but I want to re-direct the old permalinks from
/year/month/day/post-slug-here/es/ or /$1/$2/$3/$4/$5/
to send a re-direct to
/year/month/day/post-slug-here/ (less the es/)
So that anyone hitting the old URL will go to the original post.
I figured that I put into my wordpress/.htaccess file
RewriteRule ^([^/\.]+)/([^/\.]+)/([^/\.]+)/([^/\.]+)/([^/\.]+)/$ /$1/$2/$3/$4/ [R=301,L]
The $5 is missing on purpose; I want the language part removed.
My permalinks are working and .htaccess correctly sends everything to /index.php. Putting the new RewriteRule before or after the WordPress portion does not seem to matter.
I have added items to my .htaccess before (This trick from whooami works well) but I can't get this one to work.
Any help would be appreciated.