By D. P. Stephens
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil warfare is one man's bittersweet account of combating 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 relatives to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra wealthy existence was once critically shaken via the onset of the nice melancholy, and he became to the Communist celebration of Canada in an try to strive against the political and monetary deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try and overthrow by way of 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 get together, he turned one in all a few 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 foreign Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. the various 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 ahead of his loss of life in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and complicated struggle. it's a portrait of political and ethical conviction tinged through 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 conflict is a invaluable contribution to our knowing of the clash which straight away preceded global struggle II, and of Canada's function in that clash.
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Our boys eagerly jumped over the parapet towards the enemy lines, and all hell broke loose. The enemy directed a withering machine gun fire at our boys; some were killed and wounded right in front of our lines. The rest were caught in the open field between our lines and the enemy. Our machine guns were giving all the cover they could during the attack, but we were stopped dead. Many of my dear comrades were lying dead or wounded in no-man's-land. I was in our trenches, bringing boxes of bullets and hand grenades to the front.
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. As always in the Army, the status quo prevailed. Comrade Law was exonerated, but Comrades Steele and Katz were reprimanded for laying mischievous charges, and cautioned against bad behaviour in the unit. This incident was soon forgotten, and life in the trenches returned to the normal routine.
We had built makeshift fireplaces in some of our dugouts. We would warm our coffee and toast bread, and even fry bully-beef with onions. Life was somehow bearable. Every morning, just at breakfast time, the enemy would shell just behind the line and shower earth and dirt into our coffee. It was like clockwork; every time the food detail came in with the coffee and breakfast, the shelling would start. After a while we retaliated, and started shelling their lines at the same time, and spoiling their breakfast.
A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in the Lincoln Battalion by D. P. Stephens