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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Fall 2015

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
HistoryNet
Frequency:
Quarterly
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2 min.
both sides now?

“MAY ALL PEOPLE GIVE PRAISE TO KING RAMSES III,” a cartouche on his tomb at Medinet Habu proclaims. Reliefs on the walls of this vast pharaonic mortuary also extol Ramses’s triumphs in 1177 bc against the hordes of mysterious invaders that scholars call the Sea Peoples. But who were they, and were they really as much victims as victimizers? Eric Cline takes a new look at one of history’s great end times—the collapse of Bronze Age civilizations in the eastern Mediterranean—on page 66. (Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago) One truism about military history is that the victors are usually the ones who write the history, with all the predictable biases, distortions, self-promotion, and self-serving hyperbole that one might expect. Accounts by the losing side might be…

1 min.
flashback

GULF OF THAILAND 1977 Vietnamese “boat people” seeking asylum in Thailand are turned back by Thai Marine Police. TODAY Many thousands of Asians, Africans, and Middle Easterners fleeing war and poverty are attempting to cross open seas to other Asian countries or to Europe, but some nations are reluctant to welcome a flood of new refugees. MONTE CASSINO, ITALY 1944 Casualty of war, the 1,500-year-old abbey founded by St. Benedict is bombed to ruins by Allied forces during the Italian campaign. TODAY Millennia-old antiquities in Iraq and Syria are being destroyed by ISIS in a purge that the Iraqi antiquities minister calls the “erasing of human history.” ARMENIA 1915 As the Ottoman Empire collapses in World War I, Young Turk forces begin persecuting Armenians in Anatolia, forcibly deporting them or holding public executions like this…

3 min.
mission equality

What a great piece was Thomas Fleming’s “From Separate and Unequal to Shipmates”! My dad, George Duane Evans, was a decorated, wounded combat aviator and squadron leader of B-25s in North Africa and Sicily sorties in World War II. He was once escorted by the famous Red Tails, the black pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group, and he later wrote a glowing report of the Tuskegee Airmen. After the war, my dad advocated for the Nisei soldiers, the 442nd Combat Battalion, in Northern California and had the honor of two Japanese-American namesakes because of his advocacy for Japanese-American vets who returned to find homes and farms long gone and encountered prejudice, despite their courageous service. Like Fleming, my dad cited his Catholic faith as an influence on his perspective of equality…

2 min.
contributors

Worthy of the label Renaissance man, David Fromkin has been an attorney, both with the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps and with a private New York firm; a foreign policy adviser to Hubert Humphrey in his 1972 presidential primary campaign; a scholar of international relations at Boston University; and an author of highly regarded books that examine 20th-century history through the lens of law and large personalities. He brings his own large, unique perspective to this issue’s “Peace and War” (page 76), excerpted from his best seller, A Peace to End All Peace: Creating the Modern Middle East 1914–1922. Ward S. Just has done almost every kind of writing a writer can do. He has been a journalist, playwright, prolific novelist (18 titles), and National Book Award finalist. In the 1960s…

1 min.
fatal fallout

Q What happened to the U.S. soldiers and reporters who cleaned up and reported on the Hiroshima-Nagasaki tragedy? How many of them died of nuclear fallout and cancer? Sandra C. Eschelbach Kalamazoo, Michigan A It may never be ascertained precisely how many premature American deaths were the result of exposure to lingering radiation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, since regulations forbade note-taking throughout the Manhattan Project. Also, the exact nature of radiation aftereffects were not really understood until well after the bombings, and even then, it took a long time before the government acknowledged and took steps to compensate the “atomic veterans” who were exposed. Only in 1988 did Congress pass legislation to compensate 13 such veterans. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency did record how many Americans were in the vicinity: About 40,000 occupation…

4 min.
american tools of victory

Marc G. DeSantis describes some of the vehicles, aircraft, electronics, and basic resources that helped tip the balance in the final years of World War II. Landing Ships and Craft The oceangoing 1,500-ton Landing Ship, Tank (LST) could deliver cargo directly to any strip of open beach. It could also carry the smaller Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel (LCVP). Capable of ferrying a rifle platoon from ship to shore, the LCVP took part in nearly all Allied amphibious invasions and was vital to the success of D-Day. Food When war came, the United States increased its food production and helped feed other Allied armies and civilian populations in addition to its own 11.5 million servicemen. While some countries experienced strict wartime food rationing, the diet of ordinary Americans generally got better, as…