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Ask MHQ: Tracking Prisoners of War

Published: May 13, 2014 at 6:30 am
What happened to Japanese POWs?

Ask MHQ: Absent Ancient Armor

Published: February 12, 2014 at 4:18 pm
Historian Jon Guttman answers reader questions

Ask MHQ: No German Carriers?

Jon Guttmann | Published: November 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm
Graf Zeppelin launch, 1938 (AKG-Images/Ullstein Bild) Q. Why didn't Germany have aircraft carriers in World War II? Tom DeBarber  A.  Nazi Germany was constantly changing its priorities. A carrier was, in fact, laid out in Kiel, a German shipbuilding …

Ask MHQ: Stealing Enemy Thunder—and Tanks

Jon Guttman | Published: August 20, 2013 at 11:34 am
What to do with captured guns?

Ask MHQ: Was Patton Bipolar?

Carlo D'Este | Published: November 08, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Carlo D'Este, Patton's biographer, considers the mental health of the great general.

Ask MHQ: Planes, Tanks, and Motorcycles?

Jon Guttman | Published: August 03, 2011 at 12:15 pm
The Harley-Davidson joins the cavalry.

Ask MHQ: Who Was Known as the General of Europe?

Published: May 03, 2011 at 5:00 am
Was Prince Francis Eugene of Savoy and Carignan—a favorite of Napoleon's and Frederick the Great—"the General of Europe"?

Ask MHQ—North or South: Whose Was the Army of the Rebellion?

Peter E. Cozzens | Published: February 08, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Nowadays "Army of the Rebellion" is most commonly used to refer to the Confederates, but during the American Civil War the term was often applied to the Union forces as well.

Ask MHQ: Of Belts, Sashes, and Silk Net

C. G. Sweeting | Published: November 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm
Anything about military history you’ve always wanted to know? Submit your question to us at MHQeditor@weiderhistory.com. You can even suggest the expert you’d like us to query. Q: What is the origin of the belts that United States Navy and Army officers have been wearing since at least the Civil War?

Ask MHQ: How Hirohito Escaped the Hangman's Noose

Max Hastings | Published: August 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm
Hirohito in dress uniform, c. 1935 (Library of Congress).Q: Had the Allies captured Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini alive, they would certainly have been tried as war criminals. In Japan's case, Emperor Hirohito was not. There is no possible …

Ask MHQ: Any Reason the U.S. Legion of Merit Looks Like the French Legion of Honor?

David T. Zabecki | Published: April 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm
The U.S. Legion of Merit was intended to recognize foreign military officers after World War II and may have been modeled on the French Legion of Honor awarded to so many American servicemen in World War I.

Ask MHQ: Robert Citino's Top 10 German Military Commanders

Published: February 24, 2010 at 9:59 am
Military historian Robert Citino responds to an MHQ reader's query, ranking his top 10 German and Prussian military commanders from the Age of Frederick to 1945.

Ask MHQ: Why Wasn't Davout at Waterloo?

Andrew Roberts | Published: December 02, 2009 at 9:11 pm
Instead of using Davout in the Waterloo campaign, Napoleon preferred to keep the Iron Marshal in the capital, fulfilling the three vital roles he was appointed to on April 30: minister of war, governor of Paris, and commander in chief of the national guard.

Ask MHQ: North Vietnamese Perspective on the Tet Offensive

Published: August 28, 2009 at 7:30 pm
The leadership in Hanoi knew that the 1968 Tet Offensive would be a gamble but MHQ author James H. Willbanks outlines how the offensive achieved some stunning psychological successes, particularly in the opening phases.

Ask MHQ: King Frederick II of Prussia

Published: August 28, 2009 at 2:42 pm
King Frederick II of Prussia introduced potatoes into his army’s diet in 1744 despite popular belief that they were unfit for human consumption.
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