The World War Two portion of the Museum ends here, with panels, photographs, and artifacts.
That includes images of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, who found themselves in Germany and met Soviet counterparts at the time of the German surrender.
Most of the Canadians were in the Netherlands, where over the final months of the war they fought to liberate the country from Nazi occupation. The bond of friendship between the two countries has remained strong ever since.
But with the ending of one war would come the rise of a very different kind of conflict: the Cold War, with proxy conflicts and intelligence intrigue amid a backdrop of perpetual tension in the world. This forms the fourth section of the permanent galleries here at the War Museum.
One of the flashpoints of that war was right here in Ottawa. Igor Gouzenko, a Soviet clerk at the embassy, defected with his family, taking extensive information about intelligence operations by Soviets in the West. For the rest of his life in Canada, if Gouzenko appeared publicly, he wore a mask. He would become a writer, and today the building where he and his family were living at the time still stands (it's actually close to where I live). Plaques are placed across the street from it, explaining the momentous history of the place.