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MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Summer 2018

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.
opening round

Claude-Étienne Minié, a French army officer, may have invented the minié ball, but it was James H. Burton, a master armorer at the U.S. arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, who in the early 1850s perfected it as an instrument of warfare. By slightly lengthening the .58-caliber projectile and thinning the walls of its hollow base, Burton retained the essential feature of the minié ball: the fact that the base flared when the bullet was fired, allowing the rings to catch the rifling inside the barrel. That gave the minié ball greater range, accuracy, and destructive capacity while making it simpler and cheaper to mass produce. Burton’s improved minié ball not only ushered a new type of infantry weapon into production—the rifle-musket—but also brought grim new realities to the battlefields of…

1 min.
flashback

LORING AIR FORCE BASE, MAINE, 1960 At the height of the Cold War, personnel in the control room of a supersecret bomber base in Aroostook County, Maine, respond to a Strategic Air Command alert that turns out to be nothing more than a readiness exercise. TODAY: The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency mistakenly sends out a ballistic missile alert that advises residents of the state to seek shelter and concludes, “This is not a drill,” triggering widespread disruption and panic. BERLIN, 1964 After five grueling months of digging, 57 people living in the brutal Communist regime of East Germany escape to freedom through a secret tunnel the length of a football field underneath the Berlin Wall near Bernauer Strasse. TODAY: A German archaeologist unearths the entrance to a long-buried tunnel that was intended to connect an…

5 min.
wheres and whyfors

Lost and Found Congratulations to MHQ on yet another terrific issue with your Spring 2018 edition. Excellent! One article that stood out to me from a point of personal interest was Marc G. DeSantis’s “This Frightful Catastrophe.” DeSantis did an excellent job of recounting in only seven magazine pages the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in northern Germany in ad 9—a clash that, as the author points out, has had tremendous long-term historical implications. Yet for centuries the exact location of the battle site had become “lost” to history, a fact emphasized by the photo of the massive Hermannsdenkmal (Hermann Monument), erected in 1875 as a symbol of rising German nationalism on top of a hill near Detmold, Germany. In fact, archaeological excavations, beginning with an amateur archaeologist’s serendipitous discovery in…

9 min.
the code maker

In the development of the laws of war in the 19th century, the author of the most influential American document on the subject was Francis Lieber, a Prussian academic who had emigrated to the United States in 1827, changing his name from Franz to Francis on his arrival. In many respects, however, Lieber fully embodied the American character of the time, particularly as the country split apart in the Civil War. An ardent Unionist, he had spent nearly 20 years as a professor of history and political economics at South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) and thus understood Southern institutions and perspectives well enough to know why he vehemently disagreed with them. His personal life also reflected the great American tragedy of that war—his eldest son was…

1 min.
greetings from america

Ernest Dudley Chase (1878–1966) was one of the 20th century’s most gifted and prolific pictorial map artists. Starting out as a commercial artist, he established his own greeting card company in 1910 and then, in 1920, sold it—and his services—to a larger competitor. At age 49 Chase began drawing “decorative novelty maps” that he self–published and sold from his home in Winchester, Massachusetts. Over the next three decades he produced some 50 such pictorial maps, including this widely admired World War II classic—a masterpiece of cartographic design that shows scores of American warplanes converging on “Japan, the Target” from all directions. It showcases all of Chase’s trademarks: elaborate compass roses, richly decorated borders (here incorporating the Rising Sun motif), a multitude of labels and legends, and tiny but highly intricate…

8 min.
great pretenders

Out on a Limb Douglas Stringfellow, an infantryman in the U.S. Army Air Forces who enlisted in 1942, took shrapnel to the spine during his first two weeks of overseas deployment in December 1945 and, in January, was on his way home to Utah—an abbreviated battlefield career that gave the private a Purple Heart medal and a cane to help him walk. But by 1952, when Stringfellow announced his candidacy for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, he had recast his fortnight of mine-clearing detail in France to include an impressive list of battlefield heroics, including the top-secret capture of a fabled Nazi nuclear physicist from behind enemy lines and his subsequent escape from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where the torture he endured left him a paraplegic. Utah voters…