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By D. P. Stephens

A Memoir of the Spanish Civil struggle is one man's bittersweet account of battling with the overseas 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 relatives to Canada in 1926. Like numerous others, his dream of discovering a brand new and extra wealthy lifestyles used to be seriously shaken by means of the onset of the nice melancholy, and he became to the Communist get together of Canada in an try and wrestle the political and monetary deterioration which had gripped a lot of the realm. Franco's try and overthrow by means of army strength the republican govt of Spain appeared to Pat Stephens the appropriate chance to place his political convictions into motion. via his connections within the Communist get together, he grew to become one among 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 almost immediately ahead of his demise in 1987, places a truly human face in this unusual and intricate battle. 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 which may outcome from the occasionally incongruous intersection of the private and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil conflict is a worthwhile contribution to our realizing of the clash which straight away preceded global conflict II, and of Canada's function in that clash.

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The boys in the field were dead or wounded, he said, and did not need any ammunition. He turned around to the English officer and asked him who the hell he thought he was to give orders to his troops. The Englishman replied that he was Captain Waters from Brigade Command. Flaherty told him to go the hell back there. Flaherty then directed the surviving men to hide behind tree trunks and rocks. With the coming of night what was left of our boys crawled back to our lines, bringing with them all the wounded they could.

That was the last time I saw Larry Ryan. After recovering ^his was actually George Wattis, a British lieutenant who was involved in the battle of 27 February, and appeared before a tribunal for allegedly ordering men to their deaths at gunpoint that morning. He was acquitted. See Carroll, The Odyssey, 101, 112, 114. P. (Pat) Stephens from his wound, he was repatriated to Canada, and he died there the next year of pneumonia. Larry and Tom Beckett were in the CCYM with me in Toronto. Tom and Larry had preceded me to Spain by about a month.

But when circumstances dictate, I can be a military organizer as well. I am sorry for the death of Comrade Perez, but I do not feel responsible for it. 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.

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