Friday, November 17, 2017

War And Peace

Carrying on with the Second World War area, the effects on the home front are explored, including a series of propaganda posters of the era.

The Italian campaign has an extensive display area. This photograph from the period caught my eye.

The Normandy campaign follows. Canadians stormed Juno Beach on D-Day, with 110 ships among the Allied naval force bringing in troops and providing support. These two paintings depict the action above Juno Beach and on the beach itself that day.

There is a balcony here that looks out onto Lebreton Gallery, where military vehicles and equipment are on display.

After wrapping up the story of the Second World War, the Museum's next stage explores the Cold War through to the current day. The Korean War is a big part of that, and there are several paintings here by  an artist, Ted Zuber, done in recent years, that capture that conflict. Zuber served in that war as a young man. Welcome Party depicts a Canadian patrol coming across dead bodies in the winter.

Freeze shows another Canadian patrol halt in their steps in the light of an enemy flare.

Holding At Kap'yong features a moment in battle in mountainous country on the Korean peninsula.

A NATO control center is also recreated here, approximately what you might expect in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Simulations of what the Third World War might have unfolded as play out on the screens above.

Presented here is a model of the trustworthy Sea King helicopter.

Canadian involvement in peacekeeping operations is also featured here. This painting by Donald Connolly is titled Mail Delivery- Sinai. 

This is wreckage from a peacekeeping tragedy- fragments of a Canadian plane shot down by Syrian surface to air missiles in 1974. Nine people were killed, and it is still the single biggest loss in Canadian peacekeeping history.

There is a recreation of a Cyprus tavern here. Canadians have been involved in the peacekeeping operations there extensively.

Among the items here is a painting, Gateway To Cyprus, painted by Real Gauthier. The Paphos Gate is an old entry into the city of Nicosia. At one point it was an observation post for peacekeepers, but today serves as a police station.


  1. It looks like there's some great story telling going on here.

  2. Propaganda posters are such artifacts of their given era.


  3. Hello, it looks like a wonderful exhibit. The art work is great. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  4. Fascinating - I could spend hours in a place like this (and have been known to do just that). Interesting and refreshing to see post '45 conflicts given some attention. I have a memory of driving along the green line in Nicosia whilst on holiday in Cyprus, unable to find my way out of it.

  5. @Kay: it is quite well laid out.

    @Tom: indeed.

    @Janis: they are.

    @Marleen: it was.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Mike: I wouldn't mind seeing Cyprus someday.

  6. So many interesting museums in Ottawa. I visited the Natural History Museum and the Air Museum many years ago, when YoungerSon was just a kid, and now he has 3 of his own so I think it's time for another jaunt to Ottawa.

  7. A fine series of paintings depicting all aspects of war. It's good to see and remember, even though it won't stop fighting continually happening!

  8. So much history and interesting artifacts.

  9. This would attract my interest...I was a bit too young for WWII, but I remember a lot from those days; gas and food rationing, block patrols, dark shades to keep the light in. My relatives fought and died in that war and it's been one of my major historical interests down through the years. I missed the Korean mess, also, joining the Navy in 1955. That was a ridiculous waste as was Vietnam. So much waste.

  10. I like that recreation of the tavern. It gives you a clear picture of the times.

  11. It's sad to see that we live in a period in which tensions aren growing and cold war seems to be back.

  12. It's good that the Canadian War Museum has much of the good art produced because our activities in various wars and peace keeping efforts.

  13. @Shammickite: we have no shortage of big and smaller museums here.

    @Grace: thanks for stopping by.

    @Lois: there is a lot of that here.

    @Lowell: Korea was certainly horrendous. Fortunately we stayed out of Nam.

    @Sharon: it certainly does.

    @Jan: that's true.

    @Red: there's a great deal of art in the museum's collection.

  14. awesome exhibit, a great learning of time in history. ( ;

  15. Sombre war and peace keeping memorabilia.

  16. Many thanks for another interesting post.

    All the best Jan

  17. WWII was a more united war front ~ excellent photography of museum items ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. @Beth: thank you!

    @Revrunner: same as it is here. That's one of the things they had to move in before the building was finished, it's so big!

    @RedPat: you're welcome.

    @Christine: sombre pretty much sums this place up.

    @Jan: you're welcome.

    @Carol: World War Two is one of those wars that had to be fought- because the alternative would have been far worse.

  19. Very interesting exhibition, William. Thanks for sharing.

  20. That is a lot of history condensed into one Blog. Well done. By the way, I remember those WWII poster types. They also showed up in newsreel they'd play in the movie theaters. We didn't have television then and there was always a short reel about the war or other news.

  21. We can read piece of history here.