Pacific Theater of Operations

The Pacific Theatre of Operations is the area of operations of U.S. forces during the Pacific War of 1941-45, however we have used to locate all military engagements that took place in the Pacific Area of Operations regardless of nationality.

In US terminology this was a period from mid-1942 until the end of the war in 1945, and there were two U.S. operational commands in the Pacific:

  • Pacific Ocean Areas (POA; divided into Central Pacific Area, North Pacific Area and South Pacific Area),commanded by Admiral Chester Nimitz Commander-in-Chief Pacific Ocean Areas
  • South West Pacific Area (SWPA), commanded by General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander South West Pacific Area

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