MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History Summer 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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BEERSHEBA, PALESTINE, 1917 Defending against the British drive to seize Palestine during the First World War, Turkish forces under the command of German general Erich von Falkenhayn patrol the heavily fortified front from Beersheba to Gaza.TODAY:Competing territorial claims in the region traditionally known as Palestine not only fuel the seemingly intractable Israeli-Palestinian conflict but also keep the Middle East a hotbed of political instability. CIUDAD JUÁREZ, CHIHUAHA, MEXICO, 1916 Walter H. Horne of El Paso, Texas, photographs the execution of a Mexican convicted of stealing military supplies and memorializes the gruesome image on postcards that his company prints by the thousands.TODAY:Locals fear they’re seeing a resurgence of the violence that made Ciudad Juárez known as “the most dangerous place on Earth” as drug cartels battle it out for control of a gateway to…

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below and above

Chain Letter Having spent three years flying the Aleutian chain during my time in the U.S. Coast Guard, I enjoyed the Dashiell Hammett article in the Spring 2017 issue of MHQ (“Showdown in the Aleutians”). I’d like to suggest one slight correction: The aerial photograph on page 59, identified as a reconnaissance photo of the Japanese airfield under construction on Attu Island, is actually a photo of one of two airfields adjacent to Massacre Bay built by the Seabees (workers in the Naval Construction Battalions) and the Army Corps of Engineers. It is now called Casco Cove CGS (Coast Guard Station) Airfield, though the Coast Guard left in 2010 when the LORAN-C station at Massacre Bay was decommissioned. The other, at Alexai Point, was primarily an army airfield. The Japanese airfield was near…

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What’s the Point? What was the point of the point (or spike) on the helmets that German soldiers wore up through World War I? Could it be used to impale the enemy or did it serve some other useful purpose? Emily Scammell Washington, D.C. The pickel (point or pickax) on the pickelhaube was strictly decorative. It was conceived and standardized for all Prussian infantry on October 23, 1842, by King Friedrich Wilhelm IV, although it remains unclear as to whether he thought of it on his own or was inspired by the spikes on French Napoleonic cuirassier helmets or Russian “Yaroslav Mudry” helmets, both of which used the spike to support a feathery pompom or a horsehair plume. The basic pickelhaube used the spike alone, although insome units it supported plumes like its…

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at the front

DOGGED PURSUIT Venus, the pet bulldog of the captain of the British destroyer HMS Vansittart, achieved a small measure of fame when Lieutenant H. W. Tomlin, one of the Royal Navy’s official photographers during World War II, made several pictures of him, including this one, in 1941. Though Vansittart did stellar service in World War II—it sank the German submarine U-102 on its first patrol in 1940—it was sold to be broken up for scrap after the war. LT. H. W. TOMLIN/BRITISH ROYAL NAVY VIA IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM…

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the trial of thomas knox

In late December 1862, Major General William T. Sherman opened the campaign to capture the fortified Confederate city of Vicksburg, Mississippi, by landing troops in the swamps to the north. The rebels’ strong defensive positions repulsed every one of Sherman’s assaults, and after three days of frustrated battle, he withdrew his divisions. The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou was a small foretaste of the difficulties that Union forces would face in capturing Vicksburg. It also provided the backdrop to a precedent-setting case of American military law. Before embarking on the expedition, Sherman had issued General Order No. 8, which expressly prohibited reporters from accompanying his forces or sending dispatches for publication from his area of operations. Any correspondents sending out news that might give the enemy “information and comfort,” the order stated,…

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Ray Bradbury Author, short-story writer, screenwriter (1920–2012) During World War II Bradbury’s vision problems caused his local draft board to deem him ineligible for military service, but he went on to write radio spots for the Red Cross and scripts for the Los Angeles Department of Civil Defense. Charlie Chaplin Actor, director, writer, composer (1899–1977) Throughout World War I Chaplin was harassed by British journalists and citizens, who assumed that he hadn’t attempted to enlist in the British Army. Chaplin had, in fact, registered for military service in the United States but was rejected for being undersized and underweight. This didn’t appease his critics, however, and he continued to receive white feathers—meant to shame men as cowards—for years after the war. Julia Child Cook, author, television personality (1912–2004) During World War II Child tried to…