3-431 Memorandum for the Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet [King], December 1, 1942

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Date: December 1, 1942

Subject: World War II

Memorandum for the Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet [King]


December 1, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]


Subject: Proposed Joint Directive for Offensive Operations

in the Southwest Pacific Area.

Recent developments in the South and Southwest Pacific areas indicate that the time now appears appropriate for proceeding to the next phases of our joint plan. There is attached a draft of a joint directive for this purpose.1

Your comment or concurrence is requested. I think this matter should receive our immediate attention.

Document Copy Text Source: Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (RG 165), Records of the Operations Division (OPD), 381 Southwest Pacific Area, Section 2, Case 83, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

Document Format: Typed memorandum.

1. The attached proposed directive for the seizure and occupation of Rabaul and adjacent areas (i.e., the northeast coast of New Guinea, the remainder of the Solomon Islands, New Britain, and New Ireland) placed strategic direction of the campaign under General Douglas MacArthur. (Joint Directive for Offensive Operations in Southwest Pacific Area, November 30, 1942, NA/RG 165 [OPD, 381 SWPA, Sec. 2, Case 83].) This memorandum reopened the question of unity of command and overall strategy in the Pacific. See Marshall to Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Fleet and Chief of Naval Operations, December 24, 1942, Papers of George Catlett Marshall, #3-463 [3: 492-93].

Recommended Citation: ThePapers of George Catlett Marshall, ed.Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens(Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), p. 463.

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