MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History

Summer 2021

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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1 min.
big shots

Huang Xing, the first commander in chief of the Republic of China, was born in the village of Gaotang in 1874. From an early age he aspired to the highest levels of the imperial civil service. He received the coveted jinshi degree at age 22 as well as a government scholarship to study in Japan, where he began privately training for the military under a retired Japanese officer. After returning home he became the leader of the Huaxinghui, a secret revolutionary society, and while still in his 30s he led a series of unsuccessful insurrections. After the Second Guangzhou Uprising, where two of his fingers were shot off, Huang was nicknamed “The Eight-Fingered General.” In 1911 Huang helped organize the Wuchang Uprising, which finally succeeded in overthrowing the Qing Dynasty, thus…

1 min.
shock treatment

Who coined the term “shell shock?” Blake Anderson St. Petersburg, Florida Mental impairment from sustained exposure to artillery is probably as old as gunpowder in siege warfare, though for centuries the condition was all too frequently dismissed as a loss of “moral fiber.” As early as 1914, however, doctors tending to soldiers in the British Expeditionary Force in Belgium and France began to notice many of them behaving as if they had suffered head wounds in spite of the absence of such injuries. Cases of panic, flight, inability to reason, and the inability to walk or think seemed to defy conventional wisdom regarding either head injuries or a loss of “moral fiber.” From what he observed, British psychologist Charles Samuel Myers coined—or at least was the first to bring into the medical lexicon—the…

2 min.
ode to a patriot

Miguel Hernández Gilabert was born in Orihuela, Spain, in 1910. His parents were poor, and his father kept him out of school and physically abused him for reading and writing instead of tending the family’s goats and sheep. But Hernández was set on becoming a poet, and he published his first volume of poetry, Perito en lunas (Lunar Expert), at age 23. With the help of others—notably the Catholic writer Ramón Sijé, who became his mentor—Hernández would master his craft and emerge as one of Spain’s greatest and best-loved poets. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Hernández, a member of Spain’s Communist Party, joined the Fifth Regiment, part of the Republican forces fighting Generalissimo Francisco Franco and the Nationalists. He served in the 11th Division during the…

8 min.
pox americana

In September 1775, less than five months after the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War, the newly formed Continental Army invaded the British Province of Quebec, in modern-day Canada, with three objectives: to persuade French-speaking Canadiens to join the revolutionary cause, to take control of strategically important sea routes, and to drive the British out of Canada. Toward the end of the year two separate military expeditions, led by Colonel Benedict Arnold and Brigadier General Richard Montgomery, two officers in the Continental Army, approached Quebec City from the east and the south, joined forces, and set up camp outside the city. There, more than a thousand exhausted and weakened soldiers, packed into close quarters, lived in squalid conditions—a veritable Petri dish for smallpox infections. By December 31, when Montgomery…

18 min.
the time factor

At this very moment you might be wearing one of the most consequential weapons in military history: a wristwatch. Today, we take precision timekeeping for granted. Modern professional armies synchronize forces, time attacks, and schedule global maneuvers—all with atomic levels of accuracy and extraordinary sophistication. But that, of course, hasn’t always been the case. The driving force behind the widespread adoption of wristwatches in the 19th century was the military, although portable mechanical timepieces had been invented long before. Noblewomen began wearing expensive (and inaccurate) forms of wristwatches in the 16th century. Men discreetly tucked pocket watches in their waistcoats to protect them from the elements and theft. Other than these relatively rare and expensive items, time was kept on large, static timepieces—clanging, clicking affairs that adorned mantelpieces, walls, and, like…

5 min.
banking on war

The coin-collecting containers we know as banks—piggy or otherwise—have been around for centuries, and those with military or war themes have long been popular with savers of all ages. While coin banks (or money boxes, as they’re known in Britain) seem to have faded in popularity during the 1970s, collectors covet old ones of all varieties, and there are plenty to be found in antique shops and thrift stores as well as at auctions and a host of online venues. A single mechanical bank fetched more than $250,000 at auction in 2014, but if you’re lucky enough to find one of the war-and-military-themed collectibles shown on the pages that follow, rest assured that it certainly won’t break the bank.…