Compensation (Back of the Waggon Lines) 1918

by Will Dyson (1880–1938) 

An Australian soldier confers with a French woman behind the lines on the Western Front during the First World War (1914–18). Their attitudes suggest a business transaction is about to take place.  

Lieutenant Frederick Manning, an Australian serving in the British Army, wrote in his novel Her Privates We

…segregated males hungered for two fundamental necessities… food and women. In the shuddering revulsion from death, one turns instinctively to love as an act which seems to affirm the completeness of being.     




Reviewed 01 December 2021