The INSIDER Summary:
- “Dunkirk” is about the real-life World War II battle where hundreds of thousands of British soldiers were evacuated.
- A 97-year-old veteran of the battle watched the movie.
- “I lost so many of my buddies,” he said while tearing up.
“Dunkirk” hit theaters this past weekend. The movie is about the Battle of Dunkirk, where ordinary citizens took their boats across the English channel to help evacuate Allied soldiers in the north of France. One of the navy men who was at the battle 77 years ago, Ken Sturdy, teared up when he described his experience watching the film.
“I thought I could see my old friends again,” he told Canadian TV station Global News. “A lot of them died in the war. I went in a convoy in the North Atlantic and I lost so many of my buddies.”
At the 1940 battle, Sturdy was a 20-year-old signalman with the United Kingdom Royal Navy, he said in the interview, which was spotted by Reddit user Bryden H on the subreddit /r/videos. Sturdy helped coordinate the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk.
“I had the privilege to see that film tonight,” he said. “I never thought I would see that again. It was just like I was there again.”
At the end of his interview, Sturdy talked about how awful the war was, and how it took many of his friends.
“I cried because it’s never the end,” he said. “The human species, we are so intelligent. We do astonishing things. We can fly to the moon. But we still do stupid things.”
Watch the full interview below:
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