By D. P. Stephens
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil warfare 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 used to be 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 lifestyles used to be seriously shaken through the onset of the nice melancholy, and he grew to become to the Communist celebration of Canada in an try and strive against the political and monetary deterioration which had gripped a lot of the area. Franco's try to overthrow by means of army strength the republican executive 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 one among a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 overseas 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 needs in their governments. lots of them by no means got here again. Stephens' memoir, dictated to his spouse Phyllis Stephens almost immediately ahead of his demise in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and intricate struggle. it's a portrait of political and ethical conviction tinged by way of creeping disillusionment. it's also a compelling depiction of the power, frailty, doubt, and braveness that may consequence from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the non-public and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil warfare is a beneficial contribution to our figuring out of the clash which straight away preceded international struggle II, and of Canada's position in that clash.
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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.
Hourihan would have none of this. I tried to convince Hourihan to give the boy a chance. Finally I succeeded. He was shipped to Brigade Headquarters for a new posting, and we got rid of one of the worst trouble-makers in the section. My reputation was now well-established in our unit and I had no more problems with any of them. Weeks later when I was in a nearby village, I saw that man driving a lorry. He finally got what he wanted. The promised meeting with the Divisional Commander to explain the debacle of 27 February finally took place in mid-March.
We got to the Field Supply Depot in about half an hour, acquired a small keg of brandy, and headed back to the front to give the boys a drink. Some didn't want it but we forced it down their throats. The brandy really revived them. Who was it that said alcohol was not a stimulant but a sedative? In this case it certainly acted like a stimulant. The bright warm sun was out that morning, in sympathy with us. Fires were lit in the rear of our lines. The boys drifted down from the trenches to dry their clothes and get warmed up.
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in the Lincoln Battalion by D. P. Stephens