A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in by D. P. Stephens

By D. P. Stephens

A Memoir of the Spanish Civil conflict is one man's bittersweet account of combating with the overseas Brigades opposed to the forces of common Francisco Franco in Spain from 1936 to 1939. Douglas Patrick (Pat) Stephens was once born in Armenia in 1910 and emigrated together with his relatives to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra filthy rich lifestyles was once seriously shaken via the onset of the nice melancholy, and he grew to become to the Communist get together of Canada in an try to strive against the political and monetary deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try to overthrow by means of army strength the republican govt of Spain appeared to Pat Stephens the best chance to place his political convictions into motion. via his connections within the Communist social gathering, he grew to become considered one of a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 overseas Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. a number of the volunteers, together with the Canadians, went to Spain opposed to the legislation and the needs in their governments. lots of them by no means got here again. Stephens' memoir, dictated to his spouse Phyllis Stephens presently ahead of his loss of life in 1987, places a really human face in this unusual and intricate battle. it's a portrait of political and ethical conviction tinged by means of creeping disillusionment. it's also a compelling depiction of the power, frailty, doubt, and braveness that could end result from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the non-public and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil warfare is a invaluable contribution to our figuring out of the clash which right away preceded international warfare II, and of Canada's position in that clash.

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I don't know where they managed to get all 5 l3 The Florida was one of Hemingway's haunts, and there is an account of this particular encounter in Carroll, The Odyssey, which describes Hemingway having been there with "some Lincoln soldiers on leave", 152. P. (Pat) Stephens this, but these reporters never lacked the comforts of life. The discussion soon took the form of a press conference. Each of them started asking us about life at the front. They wanted to know if we had experienced hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, how the food was at the front, whether we regretted volunteering, and so on.

9 9 Stephens never gives his full name, but this was almost certainly Dr. William Pike, a volunteer with the American Medical Bureau. 41 Memoir of the Spanish Civil War Before too long our 27 February action was being openly criticized. Ed Madden, a volunteer from Chicago who was a member of the Teamsters Union, openly complained about the slaughter we had suffered. The boys were not moving up into the trenches, but were hanging around the rear. Soon, political officers arrived from Brigade Headquarters and tried to persuade the men to go back to the lines.

He called for doctors, medical students, mechanics, drivers, 4 4 Federico Garcia Lorca's death was part of a wave of killings in the summer of 1936. He was killed in August. His brother-in-law, who was also executed, was the socialist mayor of Granada. 33 Memoir of the Spanish Civil War pilots, explosive experts, carpenters, typists, and accountants. Although there were some of us who qualified, very few volunteered. We had come to fight at the front, not to serve in the rear echelons We stayed in Albacete for a few days and we were allowed the freedom of the city after our hours of duty.

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