By D. P. Stephens
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil conflict is one man's bittersweet account of struggling with with the overseas 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 family members to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra filthy rich lifestyles used to be seriously shaken through the onset of the nice melancholy, and he became to the Communist occasion 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 occasion, he turned certainly one of a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 foreign Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. some 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 presently prior to his loss of life in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and intricate warfare. 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 can consequence from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the private and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil struggle is a worthwhile contribution to our figuring out of the clash which right away preceded international warfare II, and of Canada's function in that clash.
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They came in low and tried to hit the barracks, but the bombs fell short. They were over the city for about thirty minutes, but caused minimal damage. P. (Pat) Stephens squares and parks. Some residences, however, were hit and after the raid we went out in the city to help the people. We cleared rubble but did not encounter any casualties. The next night they came again. We evacuated the barracks and went into the fields just outside the city until it was over. A house a few yards from the barracks was hit, and the attic and second floor had considerable damage.
For days you see nothing but water and sky. On the fifth day we sailed past the Irish coast, and were approaching Land's End in England. Soon a hazy mass was visible, which we first thought was the mist, but it was actually the land mass of France. In time we could distinguish landmarks, and we now knew we were approaching the coast of Normandy. Soon the red roofs of Le Havre came into view. It was a beautiful sight. There was the pilot tender sailing out to meet us. The stairs were lowered and the pilot and the French Immigration officers boarded our ship.
I ordered the removal of the sandbags to give the machine gun a wider and better trajectory. As to other matters, it is common practice for some of our more venturesome comrades to meander to the cookhouse at night and organize extra food for a snack. Comrades Steele and Katz are two undisciplined troublemakers. Comrade Stephens is having a hard time with them, but so far he has been able to keep them under control. " No more witnesses were called, and the enquiry ended. A few days later the results were announced.
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in the Lincoln Battalion by D. P. Stephens