MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Fall 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.

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1 min.
opening round

If it hadn’t been for G. Michael Pratt, a professor of anthropology at the University of Miami in Ohio, the site of the 1794 Battle of Fallen Timbers—where Major General “Mad” Anthony Wayne and the Legion of the United States decisively defeated a confederacy of American Indian tribes and secured the Great Lakes region for settlement (see “The Little Army That Won Big,” page 70)—might today be covered with housing developments. Until recently historians didn’t know exactly where the battle had been fought. For 200 years Wayne and his men were thought to have routed the Indians on the floodplain along the banks of the Maumee River south of Toledo. A monument, including a bronze statue of Wayne flanked by figures of an Indian and a frontiersman, had been built there…

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NORTHERN FRANCE, 1918 As dawn breaks on March 21, 1918, German forces in World War I launch Operation Michael, smothering British troops with a storm of gas and artillery shells. TODAY: The Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons finds that banned chlorine gas “was likely used as a chemical weapon” in the Syrian town of Saraqib. BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, 1997 Catholic children in the Falls Road section of West Belfast play—and fight—near one of the many “Peace Walls” built to protect residents on both sides from sectarian attacks. TODAY: Some of Belfast’s peace walls are being torn down as part of a program to eliminate barriers that have long divided the city into rival Catholic and Protestant zones. SISSINGHURST CASTLE, KENT, ENGLAND, 1761 An intoxicated guard at Sissinghurst Castle, leased to the government during the Seven…

4 min.
hits and misses

Has Sad Sack Gone AWOL? What’s happened to Sad Sack, Beetle Bailey, Willie and Joe, and Sergeant Bilko? They—and other characters like them—seem to have gone missing. I wonder whether popular culture has transformed yesterday’s doughboys and GIs into heroes and warriors. Are not at least some of today’s heroes actually REMFs? Did all the yard-birds and goldbricks disappear from the military with the end of conscription? Is this just one symptom of the huge and growing civil-military divide? Could No Time for Sergeants, M*A*S*H, or Stripes be produced today? Is society afraid to laugh? Thank you for your wonderful magazine. Gary T. Galliano Pleasanton, California FROM THE EDITORS: Relief may be on the way. Word has it that CBS is developing a television series based on the 1981 comedy film Stripes, which starred Bill Murray and…

1 min.
at the front

THE OLD HERO On July 1, 1863, 69-year-old John Burns was watching the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg from his front porch when he walked to the scene of the fighting and asked a wounded Union army soldier whether he could borrow his Enfield rifle, saying he wanted to “shoot the damn rebels.” As he tried to do just that Burns was seriously wounded, and in the weeks following the battle he became something of a celebrity—so much so that Mathew Brady sent one of his photographers to take pictures of “The Old Hero of Gettysburg” recuperating in his rocking chair. TIMOTHY H. O’SULLIVAN/BRADY’S NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT GALLERIES (LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)…

8 min.
cruel and not unusual

On the morning of October 29, 1865, a little more than five months after the end of the Civil War, an African-American private in the Union army named Jacob Plowden stepped out of his tent at Camp Shaw in Jacksonville, Florida, to witness a horrific sight. On the parade ground, two white officers had tied a shirtless African-American soldier by his thumbs to a scaffold. The man was dangling in agony, the toes of his feet barely touching the ground as his thumbs were pulled away from their sockets. The soldier’s alleged crime: stealing a jar of molasses from the commissary that morning. Plowden lost his temper. An ex-slave from Tennessee in his mid-40s who had become a farmer in Pennsylvania before enlisting in the Union army in 1863, he was appalled…

8 min.
the ace

Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager didn’t make the record books as the highest-scoring fighter ace in American aviation history, nor was he the only hotshot test pilot to have flown the rocket-powered Bell XS-1. Yet he’s widely considered to be the greatest military pilot of all time, or at least the best known. Yeager’s signal achievement—becoming, in 1947, the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound—often overshadows his achievements as a World War II ace. Enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in September 1941, the 18-year-old West Virginian started out as an aircraft mechanic but quickly rose through the ranks to become a flight officer. Within two years Yeager was flying the skies of Western Europe in Glamorous Glen, a P-51 Mustang he’d named after his fiancée,…