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100 Years Ago: France in the Final Year of World War I

The Atlantic Logo By Alan Taylor of The Atlantic | Slide 1 of 35: Original caption: "Jeanne Septvents is a beautiful French girl, 10 years old, whose father, for nearly a year a prisoner in Germany, has given his life for France. Jeanne has been adopted by Company 'E,' 6th Battalion of the 20th Engineers. When the American Red Cross photographer found her in the garden of her little stone house at Caen, she was playing with knuckle-bones that she had painted red, white, and blue in honor of her godfathers. She wrote them soon after she was adopted saying: 'I hope you are all in good health and not too unhappy at the front and I send big kisses to you all.' September, 1918."

In 1918, the American photographer Lewis Hine traveled across France, photographing refugee families, orphaned children, wounded and shell-shocked soldiers, the nurses and volunteers who cared for them all, and the ruined buildings they fled.

Original caption: "Jeanne Septvents is a beautiful French girl, 10 years old, whose father, for nearly a year a prisoner in Germany, has given his life for France. Jeanne has been adopted by Company 'E,' 6th Battalion of the 20th Engineers. When the American Red Cross photographer found her in the garden of her little stone house at Caen, she was playing with knuckle-bones that she had painted red, white, and blue in honor of her godfathers. She wrote them soon after she was adopted saying: 'I hope you are all in good health and not too unhappy at the front and I send big kisses to you all.' September, 1918."
© Lewis Wickes Hine / Library of Congress

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