(Taken down by me on 25/7/17 in Victors own words.)
My first job was working for Metro Vickers as a blacksmith striker.
I had always wanted to work in the carpentry trade but could not find
Victor has been asked to do a Q and A session with a group of local school children. He has also been invited to visit Sydney in September to meet with the director of " Dunkirk"
July 30 2017
The 98-year-old man served six months in the war and was on the beaches as German troops advanced into France in 1940, trapping Allied forces on Dunkirk beach.
Dunkirk survivor Victor Power.
"I don't like war, I hated what I did," he said.
"To pick your rifle up and go 'bang' and shoot a man down, that is not normal.
"The first time I fired at my enemy I was crying."
The former rear guard said he was the one of the last soldiers to be picked up from the "noisy, hectic" French beach, the setting for Christopher Nolan's latest film Dunkirk.
"We had to fight the Germans, stop, move on and fight the Germans as they followed us," he said.
"By the time I got to the beach I was close to
the time for pick-up because there was hardly anybody on the beach.
"The majority of them must have got away before I got there.
"Everything was moving, even the tide was moving."
The British-born man was at New Farm Cinemas on Sunday for a screening of the film and he admitted he wasn't a fan of previous films about the evacuation.
"I have seen two other pictures and I called them rubbish because it didn't depict anything I had been through," he said.
"I speak to you in truth so why can't I see a picture that tells the truth."
Wearing a tanned suit weighed down with medals, the New Farm local spoke of the hardship of adjusting to life after battle.
"I couldn't do any jobs, my conscience was telling me to give it away all the time," he said.
"I was in training to be a builder, that was before the war, but afterwards I went back and I didn't like it."
Mr Power got married while he was at war and in the 1950s brought his wife, son and daughter over to Australia, where he has lived ever since.
"I had seven days' leave, I got married," he said.
"Seven days went quickly, you didn't feel like you got married, then I went back, back in the uniform.
"Time goes so quick, I didn't think I was going to live this long ... this is all new, but I love it."
This is from ABC news
Dunkirk veteran says Christopher Nolan film a reminder that we must avoid another war
Victor Power has tears in his eyes as the credits fade: the 98-year-old veteran never thought he'd return to Dunkirk.
He was just 20 in 1940, when he found himself trapped on the beach as German troops closed in; a sitting duck for a deadly air assault.
He was among the last of about 338,000 men to be evacuated in Operation Dynamo a mass rescue made legendary for the bravery of hundreds of civilians who sailed their small boats across the English Channel to come to the soldiers' aid.
At a special Brisbane screening of Christopher Nolan's acclaimed film about the evacuation, Mr Power was taken back to the beach he escaped 77 years ago.
He hadn't been nervous before the film "I've seen it all before", he joked to the ABC but after, just for a moment, his smile faded away.
"The picture isn't exactly the truth of myself, because there's some parts I wasn't part of. But the part that I was in was enough to remind me of what I was doing at that time," he said softly.
"I'm a little bit touched about everything. I lost a lot of great mates."
Veteran Victor Power closes his eyes as he reflects
His trademark grin quickly returned.
"I will say too, that there was more aircraft in that film than there ever was on the beach! I didn't recognise anybody," Mr Power laughed.
Mr Power says the film makes one thing clear: we must avoid returning to war, at all costs.
"Remember: no more wars. We don't want any more," he said.
"If [young people] want to join the Army, OK,
join the Army. For a sense of purpose, for an education, yes. But not
to go to war."
Mr Power was born in Manchester, and had been a carpenter
before being conscripted to World War II, where he served for six months.
By the time he made it to the beaches of Dunkirk, he already felt lucky to still be alive.
Mr Power, an infantryman, was with a platoon in a defensive position at Brussels when the German advance ensnared Allied troops. On May 28, 1940, he was given the order to retreat to Mons, and then to Dunkirk.
"I hadn't slept we were on the move all the time, fighting all the time," he told the ABC.
"I was buggered. I didn't know whether I was coming or going."
About 10 kilometres from Dunkirk, he broke into a garage and found a Peugeot with the keys in the ignition.
Under constant fire from the Germans, he and a few mates drove as fast as they could to the beach.
Nine days after he began the fraught journey from Brussels, Mr Power was at Dunkirk. There, the fight for survival began all over again.
He had a gun, but it was useless against attacks that came from bombers in the sky.
"My bullets wouldn't reach them. We couldn't use my rifle, except maybe as a battering ram," he says.
"We had no food. We couldn't do anything. We just
had to [wait] to get off the beach."
On June 4, 1940, he was rescued but not before he was ordered by military police to make sure the Peugeot could never be of any use to the Germans.
"I had to dismantle that car by putting my bayonet into the petrol tank," he said.
"They made me smash the distributor."
In total, some 338,000 soldiers were rescued from the
beach an evacuation hailed by then-British prime minister Winston
Churchill as a "miracle of deliverance" in a "colossal
Christopher Nolan's powerful 10th film brings the evacuation of Allied troops at Dunkirk into sharp relief, Jason Di Rosso says.
Mr Power remembers wading deep into the water to reach a small rowboat that took him to a larger ship.
"I wouldn't say we were swimming, but we were close to it," he said of the "bloody awful" start to the journey home.
While he didn't suffer "shell shock" like so many others, he did find it hard to adjust, and struggled at first to hold down a job.
In the 1950s he brought his wife, son and daughter to Australia, where he has lived ever since.
For the past 20-odd years, he has called the inner-Brisbane suburb of New Farm home.
"I did everything I was supposed to do. I was game for anything," he says of his time in the war, his voice trailing off.
"But I'm happy. I've always been a happy person. Probably that's helped me through my life."
And as for Nolan's film, which he watched at the local cinema?
"I will admit, it was a good picture, a much better picture than the other two," Mr Power said.
"They were rubbish, because they didn't tell the
truth of what I know."
Victor's Ordre National de la Légion dhonneur
Spike Macey Victor Power and Bill Duffy