The Combined Chiefs of Staff, a US-British military coalition, established the basic framework for the commands. They took their marching order from FDR and Churchill who pretty well agreed on the who, what, when and where of how to fight WWII. The lead in the west was going to depend on US weapons and manpower and the top posts would be held by Americans. Eisenhower was selected to head SHAPE or the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe for both his planning and political skills. The Pacific was divided into the Pacific Oceans Area or POA which Nimitz was to command and SWPA or the Southwest Pacific Area which would go to Gerneral MacArthur whose knowledge of the Phillipenes and his influence with the Joint Chiefs of Staff or JCS earned him the nod.
The Supreme Allied Commander of the European theater was General Dwight D Eisenhower. The Supreme Allied Commander of the Pacific theater was General Douglas MacArthur.
The two main Allied commanders in the PTO were Commander-in-Chief Pacific Ocean Areas, the title held by Admiral Chester Nimitz and Supreme Allied Commander South West Pacific Area1, General Douglas MacArthur
The Pacific Theater of Operations was so large it required two US/Allied supreme commanders: Navy-Admiral Nimitz/Army-General MacArthur.
In Europe, the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces was Dwight. D. Eisenhower. In the Pacific, there was no 'supreme commander,' rather, there were regional commanders such as Chester W. Nimitz, Douglas MacArthur, Joseph Stilwell, and Lord Louis Mountbatten.
One of the allied commanders of the Pacific fleet was General Douglas MacArthur. Another allied commander was Admiral William Halsey.
There where numerous Supreme Allied Commanders during WW2 in command of different operational areas.General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean (1942-1944) & Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force (1944-1945).Field Marshal Henry Maitland Wilson, Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean (1944)Field Marshal Harold Alexander, Supreme Allied Commander in the Mediterranean (1944-1945)Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Commander South East Asia Command (1943-1945)General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Southwest Pacific Area (1942-1945)
General MacArthur was the Supreme Allied Commander of the ground troops in the Pacific Theater of World War 2. General Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander of the European Theater of the war.
General MacArthur, Admiral Nimitz, Admiral Halsey and Admiral Spruance were the commanders of the Pacific Theater of Operation. There were other commanders of the other allied forces that reported to these commanders. And then there was General Hap Arnold who was in charge of the air forces.
There was no overall Allied commander in the Pacific in WWII. General MacArthur, Adimiral Nimitiz, and Admiral Mountbatten each were supreme commanders in defined areas. MacArthur was designated to command the occupation forces and so presided at the Japanese surrender ceremony.
The two main commanders of Allied forces during the war against Japan were General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz . Nimitz ran the pacific war and MacArthur reclaimed the Philippines.
There were two Generals who were given the title "Supreme Allied Commander" during WWII: In the European Theater of Operations, it was General Dwight D. Eisenhower; in the Pacific Theater of Operations, it was General Douglass MacArthur. It should be noted, that this was a title only, and wasn't really an operational command. That is, as the Allied war effort was broken up into a number of different Theaters, each theater had a Supreme Commander (though, only MacArthur and Eisenhower were given that title), and acted independent of other "Supreme" Commanders. All commanders reported to the Allied Joint Chiefs of Staff command structure (the combined British Empire and United States command). So, while Eisenhower was Supreme Commander of the Western European Theater, that did not encompass the North African Theater, nor the naval forces in the Atlantic, nor the strategic bombing forces (i.e. 8th Air Force, and RAF Bomber Command). Similarly, MacArthur was Supreme Commander only of the Southwest Pacific Theater, while Nimitz commanded the Central Pacific Theater. Honestly, "Supreme Commander" is a misnomer, given the relatively fractured organization of Allied commands.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander during World War II. This is the common title given to the two Supreme Allied Commanders during World War II. He was not the Supreme Allied Commander for the U.S., per se; hence, the title 'Allied'. Eisenhower's official title actually was Supreme Commander Allied Expeditionary Force (SCAEF), and it was for the forces in northwest Europe. The Second Supreme Allied Commander was for Southeast Asian, and it was called the Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Command (SACSEA). This post was held for most its existence by Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten.
US Army General Eisenhower was the supreme allied commander in the ETO (European Theater of Operations). US Army General MacArthur was the supreme allied commander in the Southwest Pacific of the PTO; US Navy Admiral Nimitz was the supreme allied commander in the remaining portions of the PTO (Pacific Theater of Operations). US Army General Stillwell was the supreme allied commander in the CBI (China, Burma, India Theater of Operations).
General Douglas MacArthur was the supreme commander of the allied forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War 2.
MacArthur was the Supreme Allied Commander for both WW2 and the Korean War (WW2-Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations/Nimitz was Supreme Allied Commander for the remainder of the Pacific Theater/US Army General Stillwell commanded the CBI Theater).
Who was the commander of the allied forces in the pacific?
General Dwight Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander of European forces (SHAEF). Gen Dougls MacArthur was the Allied commander in the South Pacific Ocean. (Admiral Chester Nimitz commanded the central and north Pacific.)
The Allied goal in the Pacific was to obtain the unconditional surrender of Japan.
Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic ended in 2003.
Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic was created in 1952.
Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz was the Commander in Chief, Naval Forces Pacific. General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Allied Commander South West Pacific Area
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe was created in 1951.
During World War II, several American military men held commander positions in the Asian (or Pacific) Theater of Operations. Admiral Chester Nimitz was overall commander in the Pacific Ocean region, while General Douglas MacArthur was overall commander in the Southwest Pacific region. Additional Allied commanders were assigned to such side-theaters as Burma and China.