The Cold War section of the War Museum takes in a lot, starting with its origins and the Korean War, moving into the decades long standoff between NATO and the Warsaw Pact and all that involved, as well as examining the concept of troops as peacekeepers. I've photographed extensively there in a previous series from the War Museum, and these shots are from a part of the exhibit dating back to the 1980s, featuring Canadian uniforms and a model of a navy ship.
The editorial cartoon here caught my eye- it is by a BC cartoonist, Adrian Raeside, who is still around today (he also does the comic strip The Other Coast if it runs in your area).
While this is a look at the opposition- automatic weapons and a T-72 tank, typical of the Warsaw Pact arsenal in the 80s.
There is something very fitting to end the Cold War section of the Museum: a section of the Berlin Wall. In 1990, the Canadian government hosted a summit of foreign leaders here in Ottawa, from the United States, the Soviet Union, East and West Germany, the United Kingdom, and France, for the purposes of working out the framework for reunification of Germany after the dramatic events of 1989 and the fall of the Wall. This section of the Wall was given as thanks. The West Berlin side features graffiti- the Brandenburg Gate, the Alexanderplatz TV tower, and the Berlin radio tower can be seen on its surface. The side of the Wall that faced East Berlin had no such graffiti, of course. I also photographed the width of the block, and liked the texture of the surface. It`s not as wide as you imagine.
The nearby panel references the story of the Berlin Wall. The exuberance of this photograph, in those momentous days of 1989, really stands out to me.