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 battle is one man's bittersweet account of scuffling with with the foreign Brigades opposed to the forces of basic Francisco Franco in Spain from 1936 to 1939. Douglas Patrick (Pat) Stephens was once born in Armenia in 1910 and emigrated together with his family members to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra filthy rich lifestyles used to be critically shaken by way of the onset of the good melancholy, and he became to the Communist get together of Canada in an try to wrestle the political and fiscal deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try to overthrow through army strength the republican govt of Spain looked as if it would Pat Stephens the suitable chance to place his political convictions into motion. via his connections within the Communist occasion, he grew to become one in all a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 overseas Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. some of the volunteers, together with the Canadians, went to Spain opposed to the legislation and the needs in their governments. a lot of them by no means got here again. Stephens' memoir, dictated to his spouse Phyllis Stephens presently sooner than his dying in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and complicated battle. it's a portrait of political and ethical conviction tinged via creeping disillusionment. it's also a compelling depiction of the power, frailty, doubt, and braveness which may end result from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the private and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil battle is a worthy contribution to our figuring out of the clash which straight away preceded international conflict II, and of Canada's position in that clash.

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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. They promised that an investigation would be conducted into the reason for the failure of the attack. They also said that a meeting would be convened very shortly to discuss the attack, and our complaints would be listened to by General Gall, the officer responsible for this sector.

He said it was much safer than the trenches, and he arranged my transfer. Here my job was to see that the line was supplied with sufficient ammo, and that the machine gun belts were all loaded and ready for the gunners. Once we had shifted our position east, the La Pasionaria Battalion was on our left and the English Battalion on our right. Left of La Pasionaria was the French and Italian 14 Brigade. To the right of the English was the Balkan Dimitrov Battalion. 7 th The "La Pasionaria" was named for Dolores Ibarruri, one of the heroes of the republican struggle.

He said it was much safer than the trenches, and he arranged my transfer. Here my job was to see that the line was supplied with sufficient ammo, and that the machine gun belts were all loaded and ready for the gunners. Once we had shifted our position east, the La Pasionaria Battalion was on our left and the English Battalion on our right. Left of La Pasionaria was the French and Italian 14 Brigade. To the right of the English was the Balkan Dimitrov Battalion. 7 th The "La Pasionaria" was named for Dolores Ibarruri, one of the heroes of the republican struggle.

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