This volume, prepared as a work of reference and an aid to
research, is concerned with the organization and disposition of
United States Army ground forces that opposed the Japanese during
World War II. The area covered includes Alaska, the islands of the
central and South Pacific, Australia, New Guinea, New Zealand, the
Philippines, Okinawa, China, Burma, and India. The period covered
is 7 December l94l, the date of the attack on Pearl Harbor, through
15 August 1945, the date of cessation of hostilities in the
Pacific. Unless otherwise indicated, local time has been used. With
a few exceptions, only major units are included, that is, units
commanded by a major general or officer of higher rank. Exceptions
made were in the case of garrison forces, island commands, and
similar units in order to provide a complete organizational picture
in a given area. Political, strategical, tactical, logistical,
geographical, and personal factors which may have influenced a
commander in organizing his headquarters or employing his troops in
a particular way have been omitted as being outside the province of
this book. Similarly, evaluation of the performance of any
individual, command organization, or method will have to be sought
in the appropriate volume in the series UNITED STATES ARMY IN WORLD
WAR II. Although much material was available, the researcher was
often limited in his effort by the lack of some necessary data.
Whenever documentation was lacking, assumptions based on experience
and general documentation were made and noted as such.
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