By Victor Howard
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Spanish Civil warfare, this is often the tale of the Canadians who went to struggle in that epic clash.
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That conversation failed miserably. As the trekkers moved to disperse in Regina, the RCMP attempted to arrest the leaders under Section 98 of the Criminal Code and precipitated a riot in which one city policeman died and scores of citizens, trekkers and constables suffered injuries. The men who came out of the relief camps that April and who finally fought the police on Dominion Day, 1935, in Regina were well organized, highly disciplined and very confident. For three months they conducted themselves with a restraint which won the admiration of citizens in Vancouver and across the prairies.
Organization of the International Brigades 13 fence pacts between that country and France in the event of a war. 6 In any case, there was enough opposition to intervention within the French cabinet alone to cause loss of nerve. 7 Embarrassed by the shift in his own family, Blum sought to resign his office near the end of July, but he was persuaded that his departure might destroy the popular front in France. "8 The first assembly of the would-be members of the Non-intervention Committee took place on September 9, 1936.
The history of the International Brigades in Spain is the history of their evolution from hastily organized shock units into a force capable of prolonged and complicated maneuvers in the field. By the time the brigades withdrew from the war in September, 1938, the volunteers, those who survived, could count themselves among the most seasoned and versatile infantry produced in modern warfare. "33 But the brigades gave much more. "34 CHAPTER THREE "In our own country, in Canada, volunteers have sailed in order to enlist in the red army of Spain.