Sunday, December 13, 2020

Keeping The Peace

Continuing on where we left off yesterday, Lester Pearson's concept of soldiers as peacekeepers was an offshoot of the Cold War, a different idea of resolving a problem. 

This painting is by Colin Williams, done in 1974, titled Hercules Aircraft At Ismaila, Egypt, showing a Canadian aircraft also bearing UN insignia as part of its peacekeeping operations.

Photographs collected here include Canadians in peacekeeping operations.

This is a recreation of a cafe in Cyprus, which has had a UN peacekeeping force present since 1964, and presumably still remains the case today. Canadians have participated in that mission.

Different uniforms for an evolving Canadian Forces: headquarters, cadet dress, and field utilities.

A reserve field artillery piece is in the foreground here.

Here we have two different uniforms, for the Canadian Rangers.

Some of the major players of the last decade of the Cold War loom over this last section of this area.

To close out today, this display case features some of the weaponry typical for NATO forces during the last years of the Cold War. Much of this remains standard issue today.


  1. Peacekeeping is a quantum leap from warmongering. Are you listening world? It is long past the time when societies should be measuring their status based on the size of their military.

  2. Hello,
    I am all for the peacekeeping, solving the problems.
    Happy Sunday, have a great new week ahead!

  3. Lovely painting of the Hercules aircraft and the recreation of the cafe.

  4. Cyprus would be a nice place to be stationed.

  5. Let's hear it for the peacekeeping concept.

  6. Agree with Tom ~ It is a full time job ~ Good post and photos ^_^

    Live with love each moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. Keeping the peace. What a concept!

  8. No prouder group than the Canadian Rangers.

  9. The Hercules Aircraft painting is very nice.

  10. Peacekeepers are always necessary I think.

  11. Peace makes much more sense than war.

  12. It's sad that peacekeeping is still necessary.

  13. I wish all military work was peacekeeping.

  14. @Agnieszka: thank you.

    @David: I agree.

    @Eileen: it is a good idea.

    @Magiceye: it really stands out.

    @Tom: very much so.

    @Sharon: it would be quite different.

    @Anvilcloud: a worthy idea.

    @Carol: thank you!

  15. @RedPat: that it is.

    @Red: quite true.

    @Revrunner: indeed.

    @Bill: I think so.

    @Amy: they are.

    @Gemel: it does.

    @Jan: true.

    @Marie: that would be better.

  16. Peace for us all in the not too distant future, for those on the front lines most of all. Wishful thinking for now sad to say but one day I hope. A very interesting exhibit, always interesting, thanks William.

  17. Interesting post but I am tired of all the wars.

  18. There's a fine line between keeping the peace and keeping the power.