New PDF release: A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War: An Armenian-Canadian in

By D. P. Stephens

ISBN-10: 1894000021

ISBN-13: 9781894000024

A Memoir of the Spanish Civil conflict 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 was once born in Armenia in 1910 and emigrated along with his relations to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra wealthy lifestyles was once seriously shaken by way of 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 and overthrow through army strength the republican govt of Spain looked as if it would Pat Stephens the perfect chance to place his political convictions into motion. via his connections within the Communist occasion, he grew to become certainly one of 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 desires in their governments. a lot of them by no means got here again. Stephens' memoir, dictated to his spouse Phyllis Stephens presently sooner than his dying in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and intricate conflict. it's a portrait of political and ethical conviction tinged via creeping disillusionment. it's also a compelling depiction of the energy, frailty, doubt, and braveness that may consequence from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the private and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil battle is a useful contribution to our knowing of the clash which straight away preceded international struggle II, and of Canada's position in that clash.

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Six o'clock was chow time. I and several others from the platoon were assigned to go and draw our supper from the kitchen truck. We had white beans with a generous portion of meat floating in it, boiled potatoes and carrots, and rice pudding with raisins for dessert. This was not bad at all, ample and quite tasty. This was February and as night approached it got very cold in the mountains. That first night I asked one of the boys where we were to sleep. He pointed back of the trenches and told me to find a flat spot and make a bed right in the open air.

Each day a group would leave for a five-day stay in Madrid. Finally, my turn came around. We went to Madrid in a truck and arrived there before noon. Our group was to stay at the Florida Hotel, where a group kitchen was arranged for the American boys. We got all cleaned and shaved and went for lunch at the Florida. We sat at tables with white tablecloths and were served by beautiful Spanish girls. A few tables away from us sat Ernest Hemingway, and Herbert Mathews of the New York Times} After lunch, they came over and shook hands and invited us for a drink at their suite in this hotel.

The light cases were being treated at our cookhouse, where Dr. Pike was doing the best he could. The more serious cases were sent to hospitals in the rear. It was strange that the native Spaniards were not affected at all. One day I asked the commander of the Spanish contingent why the Spanish comrades were not affected by this outbreak. He took me to his dugout and showed me the strings of garlic hanging on the walls. He said they ate some every day and never got sick. Soon our entire battalion was eating raw garlic.

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