NATO and the Warsaw Pact would rise up during the early years of the Cold War. Lester Pearson, later a prime minister of Canada, would be part of the process of creating NATO.
Canada would return to war again, as tensions exploded on the Korean peninsula. Canadian forces would serve throughout the Korean War. This artillery piece dominates this area.
Panels examine that conflict and profile individuals.
Ted Zuber was a young serviceman during that war, serving in the ranks from 1950 to 1952 when he was wounded. He was also an artist, and would later paint his experience in a series of paintings about the war. This is New Year's Eve, depicting a cold end of the year dug into tunnels, moments before a grenade mishap resulted in multiple injuries.
An area here re-creates a military command centre of the time. On the screens, scenarios play out depicting what might have happened had the Cold War gone hot.
Here we have a tank of the period.
Up above is a fighter jet.
During this period came the idea of soldiers as peacekeepers, an initiative of Pearson.
The blue beret is a standard part of peacekeepers.