By D. P. Stephens
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil battle is one man's bittersweet account of struggling with with the foreign 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 along with his family members to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra filthy rich existence used to be seriously shaken through the onset of the nice melancholy, and he became to the Communist occasion of Canada in an try and wrestle the political and fiscal deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try to overthrow through army strength the republican executive of Spain looked as if it would Pat Stephens the correct chance to place his political convictions into motion. via his connections within the Communist celebration, he grew to become certainly one of a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 overseas Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. the various 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 prior to his dying 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 which may outcome from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the non-public and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil battle is a important contribution to our knowing of the clash which straight away preceded global warfare II, and of Canada's position in that clash.
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Extra resources for A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in the Lincoln Battalion
It was hit and started burning furiously, and the bullets and gun shells started exploding inside the tank. For a while we had a pyrotechnic show. A few days later, a tank recovery truck came and towed the tank away. Things got quiet again, and we settled back to trench life. We had built makeshift fireplaces in some of our dugouts. We would warm our coffee and toast bread, and even fry bully-beef with onions. Life was somehow bearable. Every morning, just at breakfast time, the enemy would shell just behind the line and shower earth and dirt into our coffee.
In approaching our lines we had to stop and shout the password, and hearing the counter password, we would jump over the parapet. Life in the trenches was quite monotonous — the same routine day in and day out. There were days that not a single shot was fired from either side, and then some night someone would imagine seeing enemy movement in no-man's-land and machine guns and rifles would start firing fast and furious on both sides. It takes only one nervous soldier to trigger firing in the lines.
We followed the blue Mediterranean all the way to Barcelona. In Barcelona we were paraded from the station to the "Karl Marx" barracks, directly behind the zoo. We had lunch and then headed back to the station for the journey to our next stop, Valencia. When we arrived in Valencia that evening, the station was packed with refugees — women, children and old men. The cities of Malaga and Granada had fallen to the rebels, and countless refugees were heading north. It was during this time that Federico Garcia Lorca, the promising young poet, was captured as he tried to escape to Cordoba.
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in the Lincoln Battalion by D. P. Stephens