National Geographic : 1917 Apr
Photograph byPaul Thompson WOMEN IN THE COAL MINES OF GARD, A DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHERN FRANCE It has been due to the unremitting toil of such service armies as this that the fuel shortage in the north ofFrance hasnot been even more serious than it now is. "If he slackens or fails, armies and statesmen are helpless," said President Wilson inhis appeal totheAmerican miner. This has been no less true in France, and the women miners have courageously assumed the vast responsibility. The blocks ontheleft are "briquettes" of coal.