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 battling with the overseas 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 kinfolk to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra wealthy lifestyles used to be significantly shaken via the onset of the good melancholy, and he became to the Communist celebration of Canada in an try to strive against the political and fiscal deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try to overthrow by way 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 get together, he turned one in all a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 foreign Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. a number 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 presently ahead of his loss of life in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and complicated 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 may outcome from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the private and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil conflict is a worthy contribution to our realizing of the clash which right away preceded global conflict II, and of Canada's position in that clash.

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Then he informed me that he was the Count of Chinchon, and said that if I helped him escape he would deposit 100,000 pounds in the Bank of England in my name. I told him I was not a fool and that I had come to Spain to fight against the likes of him. I told him to shut up or I would send a bullet through the door and kill him. After that, he kept quiet and did not speak to me again. In the morning I related the incident to Captain Lamont. He laughed and that the prisoner had offered him more money.

Our Battalion Commander, Merriman, was wounded, along with his commissar. The young Greek, Mike Papas, the German, Rudy, the Irishman, DeBono, and many of my buddies lie buried there in the peaceful olive grove in the mountains. I would be there too if Flaherty hadn't stopped me from going over the top. That bastard Waters (Wattis) from Brigade was never seen again in our area. I wonder if somebody shot him. The next morning our trenches were a desolate sight. The boys who came back alive were literally sleeping in mud and water.

Suddenly Tomlinson fell down, shot through the head. We carried him on a stretcher to Battalion First Aid about 200 yards from machine gun headquarters. He was pronounced dead on arrival, the bullet having pierced his brain. Poor Jack, he would never see his beloved Ireland again. Jack had been a member of the left wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). When the war broke out in Spain, he was living in London, so he came as a volunteer with the English, then transferred with other Irish volunteers to serve in the American brigade.

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