Saturday, January 22, 2022


The Korean War from 1950-53 pitted communists in the northern part of the peninsula against those in the south, with China and the Soviets backing their communist counterparts and the West doing the same for the south. Canadian forces would be among the westerners committed to the war as part of a United Nations force.

Canadian artist Ted Zuber was a young soldier who fought through much of the war and would later paint his vivid memories onto canvas. Day Break, Gulf Of Korea shows a Canadian destroyer near the coast firing at enemy trains along the coastal railway.

Some veterans of the Second World War joined up. Other recruits were new to combat.

A navy gun turret dominates this space.

Much of the Canadian experience was on the ground.

Several of Zuber's paintings are gathered together here. Decades later he would be an officially commissioned war artist and follow the Canadian military to the Persian Gulf for Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 

First Kill- The Hook depicts a sniper and scout at work.

Welcome Party is a grisly painting, with a Canadian patrol coming across the skeletal remains of Chinese soldiers.

Kap'yong was a pivotal battle involving Canadian soldiers in April 1951.

A 3D physical relief of the mountainous terrain is displayed here.


  1. Hello,
    The paintings are amazing, I like the Day break painting.
    War is very scary. Have a great weekend.

  2. ..the war that never really never ended.

  3. For the young soldiers, the war must have been scary and tough for them.

  4. My husband’s uncle fought in Korea. He visited several years ago and spoke of his experience dug into the side of a mountain where the local people buried their dead. What he described was horrendous. It was the first time his family heard him speak of his experience as a twenty year old. How you get the images from your brain from such an experience I’ll never understand.

  5. @Iris: it would have been.

    @Eileen: it is a striking painting.

    @Tom: and is often overlooked.

    @Nancy: very much so.

    @Marie: from what I know of that war, it's not surprising.

  6. I had 3 uncles that served in Korea. Interesting post.

  7. And it still goes on so many years later.

  8. I remember the news reports of fighting in Korea. It was cold, wet and generally miserable.

  9. The thought of snipers totally creeps me out.

  10. We thought the war was over but it wasn't.

  11. Intriguing displays ~ great photos ~

    Wishing you lots of loving moments,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. @magiceye: he was a gifted artist.

    @Betty: thank you.

    @Catarina: so it seems.

    @RedPat: effectively it does.

    @Red: it was a hell of a war.

    @Jeanie: it's part of combat.

    @Sharon: not decisively.

    @Bill: definitely.

    @Carol: thanks.

  13. The painting of the destroyer is very atmospheric.

  14. An interesting post. I cannot imagine being a young soldier in a conflict.

  15. I became very aware of war for the Korean war/

  16. The Netherlands sent a detachment of military personnel to the Korean War. A total of 122 Dutch soldiers were killed in the fighting in Korea. Some 645 were injured and three are missing to this day.

  17. I toured a war museum in S. Korea recently. Hopefully there will be no more additions to such museums.

  18. The paintings are amazing.

    All the best Jan