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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

Spring 2019

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History takes you on an exciting journey to the world's greatest battles and campaigns over the last 5,000 years, from ancient warfare through modern battles. Written by distinguished authors and historians who bring the world of history alive, the magazine covers in vivid detail the soldiers, leaders, tactics, and weapons throughout military history, and delivers it in an exquisitely illustrated, premium quality edition.

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the 2019 thomas fleming award

SHARIF TARABAY (JOHN BREWSTER CREATIVE SERVICES)Call for EntriesMHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History is pleased to invite submissions for the 2019 Thomas Fleming Award, named for an esteemed historian who was a valued contributor to MHQ in a writing career spanning more than 50 years.MHQ aims to honor Tom Fleming’s remarkable contributions to the field by inviting our readers—some of the world’s most knowledgeable amateur and professional military historians—to submit original articles on any topic that relates to military history. The winner of this year’s award will receive $5,000, with his or her article featured in a future issue of MHQ.The Fine PrintArticles submitted must be original and must not have been published elsewhere in whole or in part. Articles must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. One submission…

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PUBLICATION OF THE PENTAGON PAPERS, 1971The New York Times lifts the lid on a top-secret, 47-volume history of U.S. activities in Southeast Asia commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara in 1967.TODAY: The Wall Street Journal discloses that an internal study of the U.S. Army’s role in the Iraq War, commissioned in 2013 and completed in 2016, remains under wraps.(SCOTT PETERSON (GETTY IMAGES NEWS))MAHMUD-I-RAQI, AFGHANISTAN, OCTOBER 2001In response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United States launches Operation Enduring Freedom with airstrikes meant to target al-Qaeda and frontline Taliban positions.TODAY: With the war in Afghanistan now 17 years old, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley says, “it seems like we hardly notice we are still a nation at war in some places.”(NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND)PORTSMOUTH, VIRGINIA, 1921Three years after…

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back files

General Douglas MacArthur plotted to run for president against FDR in 1944. (HISTORYNET ARCHIVES)Well DoneBravo Zulu on creating the Thomas Fleming Award for Outstanding Military History Writing and awarding first prize to John McManus [for “The Man Who Would Be President,” MHQ, Winter 2019]. The author honored certainly deserves the recognition, as does the recipient.Allan R. MillettAmbrose Professor of HistoryUniversity of New OrleansMedium Rare?I am afraid you have published a piece of historycooking [“Catalonia’s 9/11,” MHQ, Winter 2019], in which Catalan nationalist discourse hides all other flavors. The Catalan counts were extremely weak and were constantly looking for protection against French expansionism. Their full integration into the Kingdom of Aragon meant protection and a guarantee for prosperity at a time of Aragon military might. The threat of France was always…

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a neck for a neck?

In the spring of 1782 George Washington was a man in the grip of a seemingly intractable problem. The war against Britain was finally going well for the Americans, and the British defeat at Yorktown in October 1781 had signaled that American independence would eventually be won by force of arms. But the execution of an American officer by British loyalists threatened to reintroduce an element of bloody vengeance into a conflict already frequently marred by internecine hostility and accusations of atrocity and brutality on both sides. Just as the United States was poised to achieve its creation as a nation of honor and civility, it was forced to grapple with the issue of revenge as an instrument of war.Even in the 18th century, pure revenge was generally regarded as…

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red scare in indochina

(CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY)In early 1951 cartographers at the Central Intelligence Agency produced this color-coded map of the French colonial regions in Indochina showing areas held or vulnerable to attack by communist Viet Minh forces. (The map, like most of the CIA Cartography Center’s work, would remain classified for decades.) Several months later an internal CIA memorandum noted that the French, despite spending nearly $900 million a year in Indochina, faced “very serious economic and military problems” there as they struggled to cope with “the increasingly better equipped and trained Viet Minh forces.” Things never improved for the French, and in 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower famously theorized that the fall of Vietnam to the communists might have a “falling domino” effect throughout the rest of Southeast Asia. ■…

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torture by water

In the late morning of November 26, 2002, at a secret CIA torture site in Thailand code-named Cat’s Eye, al-Qaeda operative Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri looked past James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the interrogators who had been slamming him into a wall, to see a hospital gurney being wheeled into his cell. Heavily muscled men, covered from head to toe in black, forced him onto the gurney and strapped him to it. Nashiri was so thin that Mitchell and Jessen had difficulty tightening the straps enough to immobilize him. After itemizing the information they were seeking from him (and presumably deemed him to be withholding), Mitchell and Jessen stepped out of the cell, leaving Nashiri strapped to the gurney.Twenty minutes later, at 11:47 a.m., Mitchell and Jessen returned. Previewing just…