WWII veterans are tough as nails, but Christopher Nolan's new movie, Dunkirk, has brought one of those men to tears. Ken Sturdy, 97, was 20-years-old when he served with the Royal Navy when allies and Nazis battled in France. Ken was literally in the Battle of Dunkirk. This movie is literally about things that happened in his real life.
He stated that the movie didn't have a lot of dialogue, yet it didn't need it either. The visuals of the movie were able to tell a thousand stories, almost more than words could explain. Dunkirk reminded him of his glory days in battle, back 77 years ago, and it had such an effect on him that his Royal Navy toughness melted for just a few moments and let out a few tears.
The battles, the brothers, the entire experience of war all came back to him while watching Nolan's Dunkirk.
"I never thought I would see that again. It was just like I was there again," Sturdy told Global News.
"It didn't have a lot of dialogue," he added. "It didn't need any of the dialogue because it told the story visually and it was so real."
More than 68,000 British soldiers were captured or killed during the battle and retreat, and over 300,000 were rescued over nine days as they were evacuated following the Allies' defeat.
We don't realize how many people 68,000 really is. That's like the equivalent of 68 high schools that each have 1,000 students. Can you imagine if every school in your city recruited every student for battle and they all marched off, with much of them being captured or killed by enemies? The numbers are maddening. To imagine 300,000 people being rescued is an even bigger shock. That's about one third of the population of Philadelphia, where I live. If 1/3 of everyone here had vanished, then this town would be nearly empty. Now imagine 300,000 people being rescued and returned home via evacuation. Crazy to think about such a task.
"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."
War is a horrible necessity, but many argue if it's really needed. What do current wars establish? Control? Money? Justification on government spending?
Some social justice nuts are clamoring that Dunkirk had too many white males and not enough women or people of color. Those people making that ridiculous complaint are quite stupid. The Battle of Dunkirk took place in 1940 and the military back then was predominately white males. That's just how it was. There wasn't too many chicks signing up to sling guns over their shoulder and march up beaches, nor would we want them to. I wouldn't even want women in the front lines today because they're simply not as strong as men. And with the people of color thing, that's also just how it was. Dunkirk is a historical reference to a harrowing time in the history of war. We do not change history to appeal to social justice warriors. We tell the stories like they happened and we learn from them.
History does not change and any social media lunatic who wants movies to appeal to their weak needs simply needs to have their head examined. I'd like to know if there's a functional brain, or barely functional. I think I already know the answer.
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is worth watching.