Wednesday, December 13, 2023

A Cold War

 This is an M3 half-track, a mainstay transport of Canadian forces during the Korean War.

Ted Zuber was a young Canadian soldier who went to fight in Korea. When he returned home, in the years that followed, he transferred his memories to the canvas. The War Museum has several of his paintings. This one is First Kill- The Hook.

This is titled Reverse Slope, with soldiers at rest. Decades later, Zuber would return to war again as a commissioned war artist during Desert Storm.

A side by side comparison of a Canadian winter uniform at left, and a Chinese uniform at right.

Kap'yong was a tough battle of that war, fought in high mountain country, and a three dimensional reproduction of the landscape is in the display case below. Another painting by Zuber, depicting that battle, is at top.

The Korean War would end in a ceasefire, dividing the peninsula into two countries, with the North half being run by a family of insane autocrats and kleptocrats ever since. But the Cold War would go on. 

A command centre is reproduced here, with screens showing scenarios of what might have happened if the Cold War had ever broken out into a full scale war between NATO and the Warsaw Pact.

A map of Europe is displayed, with a news scroll showing various events breaking out, while the map changes and the death toll mounts. The effect is vivid.

Below is one of the few things ever made well by the Soviet Union- the Kalashnikov.

The Cold War went on, and the weapons became more formidable, like this tank.

Nuclear weapons added a whole new level to that. Canada, for a time, was a nuclear armed nation.

The Cuban Missile Crisis was one of the heights of that time. Quotes by JFK and Khrushchev speak volumes. A photograph of Kennedy meeting with Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker is on this panel as well. In fact, Diefenbaker and Kennedy pretty much despised each other.


  1. Canada and the U.S. has been involved in many conflicts since the Korean War, and now we are involved in proxy wars in Ukraine. These wars have not gone well.

  2. Looks like a new Cold War on the way now.

  3. And still each day fighting goes on in Europe and the Middle East.

  4. Thanks for another informative exhibit. Ted Zuber was a great artist. His paintings must have been very cathartic.

  5. Todo queda constancia, en ese gran museo.
    Un abrazo.

  6. ...I grew up during the Cold War and now looking back it seems better than what we have today.

  7. Our family member described being dug into the side of a mountain in the Korean War. It was hell.

  8. I'm not sure I'd like being a commissioned war artist (though better than free lance and probably more protected.) But I do like his work.

  9. Beautiful paintings and exhibition.

  10. Well done paintings ~ great exhibit of the Cold War ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Awesome times to ponder William! Aloha!

  12. The M3 looks formidable and the paintings are beautiful.

  13. it's nice to have paintings about what the life was like for them, that way we know what they went through.

  14. The paintings are very good.

    All the best Jan

  15. I'm amazed they fit those cars and tanks inside.

    1. Some things had to be moved in before construction could finish.