Saturday, December 12, 2020

Warfare, Cold And Hot

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.


  1. If there is going to be a war in future, I dare not think of the outcome. Happy weekend.

  2. There's no shortage of wars to commemorate; even in such a peaceable country as Canada.

  3. Interesting exhibition.
    Still for me "the war" is a complicated word!

  4. Hello,
    Interesting exhibit, I like the New Year's Eve painting.
    Take care, happy weekend!

  5. @Nancy: hopefully not a big one.

    @John: we've fought our share.

    @Agnieszka: thank you.

    @Ella: understandable.

    @Eileen: thank you!

  6. I think it is significant that one of our greatest statesmen is remembered as a peacemaker. Let's hope that this is always the hallmark of our country.

  7. ...war comes in too many forms.

  8. Thoughtful exhibit. The sound and vibrations of big guns is mind boggling. When the tanks were on the range firing, you could hear them past the city limits. I can't imagine what soldiers had to endure, ear plugs or not.

  9. Some things got better after the war but the cold war was nasty because of the uncertainty of the situation.

  10. I'm actually reading a history of the Korean War by Bruce Cumings.

  11. When will it cease? Too much destruction and death.

  12. Your post and photos of the museum of cold and hot war are done so well ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Will we have wars forever? It seems so. Glad that Biden is a NATO supporter.

  14. We had a family member serve in Korea. He never spoke of it until shortly before he died.

  15. I like the idea of peacekeepers in the form of soldiers William although it doesn't always work well for some.

  16. Those tanks are huge and always freak me out.

  17. @David: a great and a good man.

    @Magiceye: there is always too much.

    @Tom: it does, yes.

    @RedPat: I agree.

    @Maywyn: ear plugs at least help.

  18. @Red: the uncertainty made things tense.

    @Sharon: it just changes.

    @Revrunner: the Korean War is often overlooked.

    @Bill: that's how it seems.

    @Carol: thank you.

  19. @Jeanie: me too.

    @Marie: I can imagine.

    @Joanne: it was a good idea.

    @Grace: it can get complicated.

    @Amy: tanks actually fascinate me. I've been in one.