Top Secret: The Lives of Employees at CFS Carp

Creator(s): Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum

The Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum was originally called Canadian Forces Station Carp, and its purpose was to house elements of the federal government in the event of a nuclear attack during the Cold War. Commissioned by then Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, the facility was built as part of the government's contingency plan to protect Canada from a nuclear attack. CFS Carp (nicknamed the Diefenbunker) was one of several emergency government facilities built throughout Canada. Its position as Canada's Central Emergency Government Headquarters meant that it would house the Prime Minister and Governor General in the event of a lockdown situation, and that it would coordinate communications from the regional and zonal headquarters.

The Diefenbunker has compiled oral history records from 19 former employees of CFS Carp. These interviews capture what life was like during the Cold War. They bring a name, a face and a feeling to the tonnes of concrete and office space that was this Central Emergency Government Headquarters at CFS Carp.

This exhibit will explore the Diefenbunker as Canadian Forces Station Carp, and the day to day lives of the men and women who served in this important, top secret underground communications base.

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