Share This Article
Subscribe to MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History today!

The Summer 2014 issue of MHQ goes on sale May 13, 2014. Visit the Historynet Store to order your copy today!

The Quarterly Journal of Military History
Summer 2014, Volume 26, Number 4


The Birth of German Militarism
by Robert M. Citino
The legendary, victorious campaigns of the Great Elector, Frederick William I

Artemisia at Salamis
by David T. Zabecki
When the outnumbered Greek fleet outfought Xerxes’s great navy in 480 BC, the Persians’ only winner was Artemisia, history’s first known female admiral

American Gas
by Patrick Coffey
Late in World War I, the U.S. Army undertook development of its own deadly chemical weapons. Its experiments still haunt a Washington, D.C., neighborhood

The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
A vision of what happened to the British Army on that day, between the plan and the grave

Perfect Storm at Tenochtitlán, 1521
by Anthony Brandt
How Cortés’s band of hidalgos destroyed the Mexica Empire

The Rock of Legend
by Edward G. Lengel
The world’s premier natural fortress, Gibraltar has always been a tough nut to crack

Carpathian Catastrophe, 1915
by Graydon A. Tunstall
The “Stalingrad of World War I,” the Carpathian Winter War was an epic bloodletting between the million-man armies of Russia and the inept Habsburg Empire

Who Lost World War II?
by Williamson Murray
Was it Adolf Hitler? Or the overrated German General Staff?

Controlling Changsha
by Michael S. Neiberg
Now all but forgotten, the capital of China’s Hunan Province was one of the most bitterly contested cities of the Pacific War

Extra Round

Letter From MHQ




Unknown Solder
A poet at the Point

Behind the Lines
Forty acres and a mule

Fighting Words
Nuclear fallout

The War List
Reasons Overlord succeeded

Japanese POWs in WWII

Weapons Check

Drawn and Quartered
Boer War

Battle Schemes
A magazine map moves history



Museum Watch

World War I from all angles, Futurists at the Guggenheim, and more

Trajan’s Column

Cover caption: Adolf Hitler had risen to national prominence when this photo was taken in 1931, but he still failed to take the German presidency the next year. (Heinrich Hoffmann/National Archives