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  • The Pacific Theater of Operations is the area of operations of U.S. forces during the Pacific War of 1941-45. A theater of operations is a land or sea area, and the airspace above it, established to employ one's forces to neutralize a strategic threat to national or alliance/coalition interests in regional or general conflict; it is part of the theater; normally the nation's highest leadership and the respective theater commander would designate a part of the theater as the theater of operations in case of a major regional or national emergency and general war; the theater of operations can also be established in the case of a major counterinsurgency effort. From mid-1942 until the end of the war in 1945, there were two U.S. operational commands in the Pacific: Pacific Ocean Areas, commanded by Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander-in-Chief Pacific Ocean Areas South West Pacific Area, commanded by General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander South West Pacific Area. In addition, during 1945, General Carl Spaatz commanded the separate U.S. Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific.

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