The path leads on towards the closing chapters of the Cold War, with large photographs of some of the leaders of the time overhead.
A model of a contemporary Canadian ship is here, along with three uniform examples behind it.
An editorial cartoon dating back to the 80s, lampooning the prime minister, Brian Mulroney, for awarding a fighter jet maintenance contract to a Quebec company over one in the west.
The Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 seemed to be the climax of a momentous year that saw the fall of communism in the former Warsaw Pact countries, a prelude to the end of communism in the Soviet Union. A section of the Berlin Wall resides here, a gift to the federal government, which had hosted a summit of foreign ministers at the time to sort out the transition to a united Germany.
The thawing of the Cold War saw new possibilities. And new dangers.
The Gulf War erupted with the 1990 invasion of Kuwait by Iraq; a novelist described it accurately as grand theft writ large. American president George H.W. Bush had spent his career in international relations and carefully built up an international coalition of forces, culminating in Desert Storm. Canadian forces were part of that coalition- primarily air force and navy.
Canadian Ted Zuber had fought in the Korean War as a young soldier, later painting his memories. He went back to the Persian Gulf as a commissioned war artist during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and painted more, including this one.
Desert Storm would end in victory, executed skillfully, freeing Kuwait and driving out the Iraqi military. In hindsight it might have been better to take out Saddam Hussein, but hindsight is 20/20.
I'll be taking a break from this series and finishing it up in the new year.