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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Fall 2017

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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English
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HistoryNet
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4 Issues

In this issue

1 min.
opening round

In October 1861 Casper D. Schubarth, a Norwegian immigrant and gunmaker by trade, traveled from Providence, Rhode Island, to Washington, D.C., in hopes of winning a lucrative contract to produce a breech-loading rifle of his own invention for the U.S. government. His timing couldn’t have been better. In April Confederate forces had fired on Union soldiers at Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, igniting the Civil War, and in July President Abraham Lincoln had responded by asking Congress for a 500,000-man Union army. Schubarth had received a patent for his rifle on July 23, and it was already winning rave reviews. “Among all the breech-loading guns that we have examined, we have seen none that impressed us more favorably than Schubarth’s,” Scientific American said in August, noting that his rifle…

1 min.
flashback

LWÓW, POLAND (NOW LVIV, UKRAINE), 1941 The Associated Press distributes a photo to U.S. newspapers that it says shows welcoming residents of Soviet-occupied Lwów as they“waved at a passing truckload of German soldiers as Nazi troops took over the city.”TODAY:The AP discloses that during World War II it made a secret deal to obtain pictures taken by Nazi photographers (with captions approved by the German Ministry of Propaganda) for distribution to U.S. newspapers. SALAMIS, GREECE, 480 BC A Greek fleet commanded by Themistocles defeats a much larger Persian fleet by luring it into the narrow waters of the strait at Salamis, an island in the Saronic Gulf, where Greek triremes can ambush the enemy vessels.TODAY:The Greek Ministry of Culture announces that a team of archaeologists may have identified the ancient military harbor from…

4 min.
men and beasts

John vs. George I love the beautiful portrait of Lieutenant Colonel John Graves Simcoe in the Summer 2017 issue of MHQ (“The Plot to Kidnap Washington”). While George Washington is hunting the British, Simcoe is hunting him. Simcoe is a rubber-band- snapping cop who always gets his man. That is, of course, if Washington doesn’t get him first. Evan Dale Santos Adelanto, California Male Call As a subscriber to MHQ since Vol. 1, No. 1, I am quite pleased with your journal, issue after issue. “McNamara’s Boys” (Spring 2017) was especially educational, as I had never realized that this program to lower military enlistment standards had even existed. Hamilton Gregory is to be much commended for publicizing this program and doing it so well. I was, however, taken aback by Mr. Gregory’s apparent desire for political…

6 min.
founding fathers

The idea that warfare should be regulated or restrained by a code of conduct of some kind is sometimes assumed to be fairly modern, but for thousands of years commentators have offered arguments for certain standards of behavior on the battlefield. What is relatively new is the creation of formal codifications of law that not only seek to impose standards of acceptable conduct on soldiers but also define what types of actions violate those standards The Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius is widely regarded as the intellectual father of modern laws of war. Grotius lived in the time of the Eighty Years’ War in the Spanish Netherlands and the Thirty Years’ War that ravaged Germany— wars of religion and politics that laid waste to northern Europe and killed as much as a…

6 min.
the insurgent

My name is Dmytro Verholjak, and I was born in Manyava, in the Ivano-Frankivsk province of Ukraine. When the first Soviets came, my brother told me that he’d rather flee to the West than serve the Russians. Later, I searched for him and with God’s help found him, after 50 years of not seeing him. He was in Australia. Our family had been heavily repressed by the first wave of Soviets, then the second wave almost wiped us out. During the German occupation in the war, I moved to the Ternopil province and found work on a farm. There was no work where I lived, and when I left home, my mother told me: “The bread you earn with your hands will taste the best.” It was hard to say good-bye…

1 min.
battery included

Drawn by Confederate soldier William H. Powers and dated January 6, 1862, this map shows the fort and horseshoeshaped water battery at Gloucester Point, Virginia, that Confederate forces would abandon four months later during the Siege of Yorktown in a surprise retreat from the Union army. The battery was the brainchild of Major General Robert E. Lee, the commander in chief of Virginia’s army and navy forces, who more than a year earlier had directed the construction of the fortification, directly across from Yorktown, Virginia, to stop any Union flanking moves up the York River. But on the morning of May 9, 1861, the USS Yankee steamed up the York to observe the recently started fortifications, and the Richmond Howitzers, stationed at Gloucester Point, fired on the Union gunboat in what…