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MacArthur in AsiaThe General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea$
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Hirosh Masuda

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449390

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449390.001.0001

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From Australia to the Philippines, March 1942 to October 1944

From Australia to the Philippines, March 1942 to October 1944

(p.149) 8 From Australia to the Philippines, March 1942 to October 1944
MacArthur in Asia

Hiroshi Masuda

, Reiko Yamamoto
Cornell University Press

This chapter details events that occurred from March 1942 to October 1944. These include MacArthur's appointment as commander of the Southwest Pacific Area (SWPA), which included the Philippines, Dutch East Indies, Australia, and New Guinea; the battle in New Guinea; teamwork in MacArthur's inner circle; disagreement between MacArthur and Admiral Ernest J. King, chief of Naval Operations and commander in chief of the U.S. Navy Fleet over the leadership and strategy of the war against Japan; MacArthur's order on September 21, 1944, that Leyte Island, southeast of Luzon be recaptured; and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the most bitterly fought naval battles in world history.

Keywords:   Douglas MacArthur, Southwest Pacific Area, New Guinea, Japan, Leyte Island, Battle of Leyte Gulf, Ernest J. King

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