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The Central Emergency Government Headquarters

Le Siège Central du Gouvernement d'Urgence

 
 
The Central Emergency Government Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
1. The Central Emergency Government Headquarters Marker
Inscription.

Irreverently known as the "Diefenbunker," this structure is a powerful symbol of Canada's response to the Cold War. Designed in the 1950s to withstand all but a direct his by a nuclear weapon, it was intended to shelter key political and military personnel during a nuclear attack. Fortunately, it never served its intended purpose, although the Diefenbaker government made plans to retreat to its protection during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The bunker functioned as the hub of a communications network and civil defence system until it closed in 1994.
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Surmommée le «Diefenbunker», cette structure est un frappant rappel de la réaction du Canada à la Guerre froide. Conçue durant les années 1950 en vue de résister à tout, sauf à l'explosion de plein fouet d'une ogive nucléaire, elle était destinée à abriter les dirigeants-clés du Canada en cas de cataclysme. Heureusement, elle n'a jamais été utilisée à cette fin, bien que le gouvernement Diefenbaker ait songé à s'y réfugier durant la Crise de Cuba en 1962. Le bunker a servi de centre de communication et de système de défense civile jusqu'à sa fermeture en 1994.
 
Erected by Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada.
The Central Emergency Government Headquarters Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
2. The Central Emergency Government Headquarters Marker
At visitor center, former military checkpoint

 
Location. 45° 21.062′ N, 76° 2.849′ W. Marker is in Carp, Ontario, in National Capital Region. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3911 Carp Road (Ontario Route 5), Carp, Ontario K0A 1L0, Canada.
 
Also see . . .
1. Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum. (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Visiting the Diefenbunker: Cool and Creepy (Leader-Post article). (Submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. DisastersMan-Made FeaturesPoliticsWar, Cold
 
Gate at Outer Entrance to Diefenbunker Complex image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
3. Gate at Outer Entrance to Diefenbunker Complex
Entrance Tunnel to Diefenbunker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
4. Entrance Tunnel to Diefenbunker
War Cabinet Room in the Diefenbunker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
5. War Cabinet Room in the Diefenbunker
Situation Center at the Diefenbunker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
6. Situation Center at the Diefenbunker
Diefenbunker Hallway image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
7. Diefenbunker Hallway
Situation Center NBC Tools of the Trade at the Diefenbunker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
8. Situation Center NBC Tools of the Trade at the Diefenbunker
Prime Minister's Office at the Diefenbunker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
9. Prime Minister's Office at the Diefenbunker
Prime Minister's Personal Suite at the Diefenbunker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
10. Prime Minister's Personal Suite at the Diefenbunker
CBC Emergency Broadcast Studio at the Diefenbunker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
11. CBC Emergency Broadcast Studio at the Diefenbunker
Diefenbunker Cafeteria image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
12. Diefenbunker Cafeteria
Diefenbunker Infirmary image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
13. Diefenbunker Infirmary
Diefenbunker Infirmary image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 2, 2014
14. Diefenbunker Infirmary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 242 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on July 27, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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