Directive To The Commander-In-Chief Of The Pacific Ocean Area
By agreement among the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States, the Pacific Theatre (see Annex 1) is designated an area of United States strategic responsibility.
The Pacific Ocean Area, comprising the North, Central, and South Pacific Areas, has been constituted as defined in Annex 1. You are designated as the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Ocean Area, and of all armed forces which the governments concerned have assigned, or may assign, to this area.
You will appoint a commander of the South Pacific Area, who, acting under your authority and general direction, will exercise command of the combined armed forces which may at any time be assigned that area. You will exercise direct command of the combined armed forces in the North and Central Pacific Areas.
In consonance with the basic strategic policy of the governments concerned, your operations will be designed to accomplish the following:
You will not be responsible for the internal administration of the respective forces under your command. You are authorised to direct and co-ordinate the creation and development of administrative facilities and the broad allocation of war materials.
You are authorised to control the issue of all communiques concerning the forces under your command.
When task forces of your command operate outside the Pacific Ocean Area, co-ordination with forces assigned to the area in which operating will be effected by the Joint Chiefs of Staff or the Combined Chiefs of Staff, as appropriate.
Commanders of all armed forces within your Area will be immediately informed by their respective governments that, from a date to be notified, all orders and instructions issued by you in conformity with this directive will be considered by such commanders as emanating from their respective governments.
Your Staff will include officers assigned by the governments concerned, based upon requests made directly to the national commanders of the various forces in your Area.page 335
The governments concerned will exercise direction of operations in the Pacific Ocean Area as follows:
Change September 1942
‘Proposals of the United States Chiefs of Staff (for operation in the Pacific Ocean Areas) made to the President as United States Commander-in-Chief are subject to review by him from the standpoint of higher political considerations and to reference by him to the Pacific War Council in Washington when necessary. The interests of the Nations whose forces or whose land possessions may be involved in these military operations are further safeguarded by the power each Nation retains to refuse the use of its forces for any project which it considers inadvisable.’