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Author Stephens, D. P. (Douglas Patrick), 1910-1987.

Title A memoir of the Spanish Civil War : an Armenian-Canadian in the Lincoln Battalion / D.P. (Pat) Stephens ; edited and with an introduction by Rick Rennie
Published St. John's [Canada] : Canadian Committee on Labour History, [2000]
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Description 1 online resource (119 pages) : illustrations
Series CCLH Publications
Contents Volunteering and the Voyage Over -- Journey to the Front -- Baptism by Fire -- Love and Loss -- The Intendencia -- The Security Service -- The Unromantic End
Summary A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War is one man's bittersweet account of fighting with the International Brigades against the forces of General Francisco Franco in Spain from 1936 to 1939. Douglas Patrick (Pat) Stephens was born in Armenia in 1910 and emigrated with his family to Canada in 1926. Like countless others, his dream of finding a new and more prosperous life was severely shaken by the onset of the Great Depression, and he turned to the Communist Party of Canada in an attempt to combat the political and economic deterioration which had gripped much of the world. Franco's attempt to overthrow by military force the republican government of Spain seemed to Pat Stephens the ideal opportunity to put his political convictions into action. Through his connections in the Communist Party, he became one of some 1400 Canadians, and 40,000 International Volunteers in all, who went to Spain. Many of the volunteers, including the Canadians, went to Spain against the laws and the wishes of their governments. Many of them never came back. Stephens' memoir, dictated to his wife Phyllis Stephens shortly before his death in 1987, puts a very human face on this strange and complex war. It is a portrait of political and moral conviction tinged by creeping disillusionment. It is also a compelling depiction of the strength, frailty, doubt, and courage which can result from the sometimes incongruous intersection of the personal and the political. A Memoir of the Spanish Civil War is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the conflict which immediately preceded World War II, and of Canada's role in that conflict
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Stephens, D. P. (Douglas Patrick), 1910-1987.
Spain. Ejército Popular de la República. Abraham Lincoln Battalion -- Biography.
Soldiers -- Canada -- Biography.
Spain -- History -- Civil War, 1936-1939 -- Personal narratives, Canadian.
Genre/Form Biography.
Personal narratives
Personal narratives.
Form Electronic book
Author Rennie, Rick, 1962-
LC no. 00362753