A 97 year old Dunkirk veteran was moved to tears after watching the film, he saved many lives during the real Dunkirk evacuation and said “It was just like I was there again.”
Many have spoken about the film of being extraordinary,realistic war films in the recent times or all time. Dunkirk is a film by Christopher Nolan,It is receiving huge praises from all around the globe,but very few remember those brave soldiers who were at Dunkirk during wartime in 1940. No one brings the credibility of 97-year-old veteran Ken Sturdy, who was a signalman for the Royal Navy during the evacuation of more than 400,000 troops from the beaches.
The Calgarian veteran was present the premier of Dunkirk, theater goers watching the premiere of Dunkirk at Calgary’s Westhills Cinemas on Friday night got a surprise encounter with a 97-year -old man who was at the battle in 1940.
Veteran Ken Sturdy was present at the premier dressed in a jacket full of medal and viewed the movie and was very impressed from it.
He said “I never thought I would see that again. It was just like I was there again,It didn’t have a lot of dialogue, It didn’t need any of the dialogue because it told the story visually and it was so real.”
He further added that “I was in those little boats picking them out of the water,I had the privilege of seeing that film tonight and I am saddened by it because of what happened on that beach.”
“I was 20 when that happened, but watching the movie, I could see my old friends again and a lot of them died later in the war,” Sturdy said. “I went on convoys after that in the North Atlantic. I had lost so many of my buddies. One of my mates was taken prisoner. He wasn’t killed on the beach. They marched him up to Poland. And he spent five years in a German prisoner camp.”
Audiences were very happy and honored to see him after the movie. Many people after the movie shook hands with him,hugged him and most of all Veteran Ken Sturdy we respect you.