This volume was prepared in the Historical Office under the supervision of S. Everett Gleason, formerly Chief of the Foreign Relations Division, and Fredrick Aandahl, the present Chief.
John G. Reid compiled and edited the sections on French Indochina, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia), and the Philippines. The sections on Australasia were compiled and edited by David H. Stauffer.
The editors acknowledge with appreciation the assistance provided them by the historians of the Department of Defense, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They are also grateful for the cooperation of the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency, all of which concurred with the declassification of various papers for release herein. Thanks are also due to those foreign governments that kindly granted permission for the publication of certain of their documents in this volume.
The technical editing of this volume was the responsibility of the Publishing and Reproduction Division, Willard M. McLaughlin, Chief. The index was prepared by Francis C. Prescott.
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