Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Hot War And The Cold War

The World War Two section in the War Museum ends with an accounting of what was lost. A sample tombstone, done in the Commonwealth War Graves style, brings it home.


So too do the numbers- both at home and around the world.


And yet in the aftermath of that war, the Cold War erupted as the alliance between the West and the Soviets fell apart. The Cold War resulted, an era of nuclear stand-off and proxy wars.


The Korean War was part of that. Canadians would be sent once again to the far reaches of the world as part of that conflict.


One of those Canadians was Ted Zuber, who would later take his memories of Korea and paint them on canvas. The War Museum owns several of his paintings of this conflict and of the Persian Gulf War, as Zuber by then was an official war artist and took part in that capacity. This one is Reverse Slope, painted in 1978, capturing soldiers taking a break.


Here we have period field artillery for that conflict.


Beyond Korea, the Cold War saw the nuclear standoff between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. A practice bomb is seen here. 

33 comments:

  1. I like the one where they're taking a break.

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  2. Horrible, frightened times those were. Or are.

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  3. I like the painting. That seems to be the history of the world in the last century or so, one war following another.

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  4. Terrible! I don't want to experience anything like that!

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  5. My uncle was sent to Siberia when he was 15 and came back when he was 25. He never talked about war !

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  6. ...I grew up during the Cold War, the one good things was, you always knew who the enemy was.

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  7. i always enjoy the Canadian leaf. i enjoy the art work, at first i wondered what the man was reading? but i zoomed in and see it is a mirror 'cause he is shaving. i got that now. ( ;

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  8. The grave stone is especially beautiful with the Maple Leaf. I've always thought Canada has the most beautiful flat in the world. I don't think I'll ever change that belief.

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  9. I grew up during the Cold War. When I was standing near the Berlin Wall things were quite clear. It was us against them. Nowadays that's less clear.

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  10. There are a lot of heastones like the one in your fist photo around in churcyards and cemeterys around her the sad thing is many have the maple leaf on them as well. They are buried so far from home it makes you feel sad

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  11. My greatest wish is that we could all get along without thinking of war and conflict, but I don't think it will ever happen.

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  12. It was a horrid time.
    I get the heebee jeebies at the Diefenbunker, too!

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  13. Today's post is so important. So much goes into and results from war. The Cold War was always on our minds during that era.
    Thank you for sharing. Janis GDP

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  14. @Whisk: it's a good one.

    @Iris: at least the Cold War offered an odd sort of stability.

    @John: that's true. Strangely enough the Cold War, with its nuclear stand off, seemed to deter a larger conflict.

    @Ella: neither would I.

    @Gattina: with good reason.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: that's true.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Catarina: you're welcome.

    @Jeanie: I certainly agree.

    @Jan: I've got the Berlin Wall coming up.

    @Bill: and yet they're buried with their brothers in arms.

    @Shammickite: I have to agree with you.

    @Jennifer: I should get out there.

    @Janis: you're welcome.

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  15. The cold war was a very tense time. Neither side was backing down.

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  16. I like the painting. The artist chose an original scene!

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  17. The painting is really wonderful. Thank you for sharing this history.

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  18. Thanks for sharing! The radio was just playing War by Edwin Starr when I was looking at your post. Sad that the song is still appropriate all these years later.

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  19. These days you don't know who the enemy is, what with cyber crime....

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  20. Let's hope the world will be at peace soon.

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  21. William - aren't those numbers just mind-numbing? I like the painting by Ted Zuber. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  22. @RedPat: so it seems.

    @Red: that is true.

    @Marleen: indeed.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Bill: good timing.

    @Michelle: true.

    @Alexandria: if only.

    @Angie: Mind numbing indeed.

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  23. So sad ~ good documentation and photography ~

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  24. Too much war, William. When will it ever end?

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  25. I don't think it will ever end. Not as long as we have people like Trump praising war criminals for being great warriors.

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  26. I found your photos and info very interesting. Like so many I wish we didn't have these wars.

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  27. The war graves memorial says it all:)

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  28. The Commonwealth War graves are well maintained any time we’ve seen them.

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  29. Love the gravestone, the engraving is really beautiful.

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