If you’ve seen Dunkirk, it is quite simply not quite like any war movie you’ve seen before.
The film made a big impact on 97-year-old veteran Ken Sturdy, who watched the film in Calgary and is one of the few people in the world who is still alive and was in Dunkirk, France, during World War II.
“I thought I would never see that again. It was just like I was there again,” he told Global News.
Sturdy was a signalman with the Royal Navy, helping soldiers reach boats ready to evacuate them from the beach.
“I was 20 when that happened, but I could see my old friends again and a lot of them died later in the war,” he added. “I went on convoys after that in the North Atlantic. I had lost so many of my buddies.”
Musing about the historic battle, Sturdy’s hope seemed to be that people might understand just how terrible war is.
“Tonight I cried because it’s never the end. It won’t happen. We the human species, we are so intelligent and do such astonishing things. We can fly to the moon, but we still do stupid things,” Sturdy said.