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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military HistoryMHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

Summer 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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announcing the 2019 thomas fleming award for outstanding military history writing

(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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On June 6, 1944, Master Sergeant Wallace B. “Jack” Jackson found this brass shell casing on a Normandy Beach and kept it as a souvenir—along with a few rocks and a discarded package of German bandages. As a member of the U.S. Army’s 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion—the only unit of African American combat soldiers to land on D-Day—Jackson’s mission was to help raise hydrogen-filled balloons designed to prevent the Luftwaffe from strafing Allied infantry and armor in the early hours of the assault.Sometime after the invasion Jackson carefully packed the 8-inch-long object in a cardboard tube, which he inscribed “Shell casing from D-Day June 6, 1944,” and sent it to Hattye Thomas Yarbrough of Covington, Tennessee. Yarbrough, a history-minded teacher and librarian, had made it her mission to collect and…

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KHARK0V, UKRAINE, 1943A Mark IV tank of the vaunted 1st SS Panzer Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler” falls victim to a Soviet 76mm antitank gun in the third Battle of Kharkov.TODAY: A grandiose cathedral being built in a military theme park near Moscow will feature front steps made from melted-down tanks and other captured Nazi war matériel.CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1864The Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley and its eightmember crew go missing after they sink the USS Housatonic, a 1,260-ton Union screw sloop, with a primitive torpedo.TODAY: Conservators working on the Hunley, which was recovered from the ocean floor in 2000, now believe that a broken intake pipe may have doomed the vessel and its crew.OAKDALE, PENNSYLVANIA, 1963U.S. Army general Robert J. Wood and his staff brief reporters on new radar systems and…

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Double NitI am writing concerning two photographs that accompanied articles in the Spring 2019 issue of MHQ.The first appears on page 79 [“Highway to Hell”] and shows three U.S. soldiers loading the bodies of dead Iraqi soldiers into what was described as a “bulldozer.” The vehicle instead appears to be a multipurpose engineer piece of equipment originally designed by the German army. The front has a bucket similar to those found on a front-end loader. One dozer blade would not have been able to pick up the bodies.The second photograph is on page 55 [“The Waste of War”] in a discussion of trench latrines. This photo appears to me to have been taken along a railroad track, as there are boxcars in the background. A screen has been erected behind…

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ask mhq a flier’s fate

The feature story on James McConnell in the Spring 2019 issue of MHQ [“The Aviator”] notes that, following McConnell’s death on March 19, 1916, the Germans credited the kill to Second Lieutenant Heinrich Kämmerer of Jagdstaffel (Fighter Squadron) 20. What was Kämmerer’s fate?Raymond J. BrownFort Myers, FloridaKämmerer, who was born in Hamburg in 1891, joined Jasta 20 on March 3, 1917. A little more than two weeks later he shot down McConnell, of Escadrille N. 124 (a.k.a. the Escadrille Americaine) over Flavy-le-Martel. It was his only kill before his own luck ran out on March 13, 1918, in a dogfight with the Royal Flying Corps.That day, at 1230 hours, Captain Henry Winslow Woollett of No. 43 Squadron led six Sopwith Camels on a patrol. At 1300 the British fliers spotted…