A riveting history of the Canadian forces following both the major accomplishments and the significant challenges.
Punching Above Its Weight covers 150 years of Canadian military service, tracing the evolution of the country’s armed forces from a small, under-funded, poorly trained militia into the modern, effective military it is today. Beginning in 1867 and ending with the conclusion of the war in Afghanistan, David Borys details the conflicts and operations that Canadian soldiers served in highlighting key battles, decisive moments, and significant people that came to define Canada’s participation and helped cement its global reputation.
The book also explores the challenges that the Canadian nation and its military have faced over those years including major cultural and demographic shifts, a continual struggle for resources from generally disinterested governments, battlefield failures, notorious and shocking scandals, along with ever-changing global threats.
From the Red River Resistance and the Boer War to modern peacekeeping and the long war in Afghanistan, David Borys highlights the key battles, decisive moments, and significant people that came to define Canada’s military and helped cement its global reputation.