By D. P. Stephens
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil warfare is one man's bittersweet account of scuffling with with the foreign Brigades opposed to the forces of common Francisco Franco in Spain from 1936 to 1939. Douglas Patrick (Pat) Stephens used to be born in Armenia in 1910 and emigrated together with his relations to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra filthy rich existence used to be seriously shaken via the onset of the good melancholy, and he grew to become to the Communist social gathering of Canada in an try to wrestle the political and financial deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try and overthrow through army strength the republican govt of Spain looked as if it would Pat Stephens the best chance to place his political convictions into motion. via his connections within the Communist get together, he grew to become certainly one of a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 foreign Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. a few of the volunteers, together with the Canadians, went to Spain opposed to the legislation and the desires in their governments. a lot of them by no means got here again. Stephens' memoir, dictated to his spouse Phyllis Stephens almost immediately sooner than his demise in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and intricate battle. it's a portrait of political and ethical conviction tinged by way of creeping disillusionment. it's also a compelling depiction of the energy, frailty, doubt, and braveness that could outcome from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the non-public and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil struggle is a worthwhile contribution to our knowing of the clash which right away preceded international struggle II, and of Canada's position in that clash.
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We could see the majestic peaks of the Pyrenees, and we knew that we would soon cross them on into Spain. The station was full of peasants, eyeing us curiously. There were no welcoming bands or speeches, just plain, inquisitive stares. We were marched off to an inn very close to the station for lunch. Here, friendly French comrades greeted us, and tables were set under swaying palm trees, with wine, cheese, and crusty French bread. This was a welcome sight; we hadn't had a good meal since we left Paris.
Apparently, it had served as a storeroom before our arrival. All the pews had been removed, allowing us space for bedding and equipment. The rectory next to the church was set up as a kitchen. After breakfast, we had the run of the city. It was one of those quaint, provincial towns, right on the banks of the Henares River. Alcala de Henares was also the site of an air force base and an airport.
Most of the boys left the lines and drifted to the kitchen and to safe areas. 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.
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in the Lincoln Battalion by D. P. Stephens