Interagency Working Group (IWG)

Records of the U.S. Forces in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations
(Record Group 493)

Records of the Chinese Combat Command, 1944-1945

Notice to Researchers in Records Released under the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act and the Japanese Imperial Government Records Act

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The Chinese Training and Combat Command was activated in November 1944, shortly after the China-Burma-India Theater was divided. It concluded the work of the Y-Force and Z-Force Operations Staff, which had been responsible for providing American training and supply to Chinese divisions. The new command took over the training programs at the Yunnan and the Kweilin Training Centers and continued to assist the Chinese Expeditionary Force in its offensive in central and southern China. In January 1945, the Command was organized in two subordinate administrative commands, the Chinese Training Command (Provisional) and the Chinese Combat Command (Provisional). Under the Chinese Combat Command were six subordinate commands for liaison with the Chinese Army Groups and a liaison team for each Chinese Army or Division. These organizations exercised no tactical or operational control over the Chinese commands.

General Administrative Files, 1945

Consists of organized bodies of correspondence and other types of documents under six decimal numbers from HQ, 2nd Army Group, Chinese Combat Command. Some reports under decimal 319.1 contain records of interrogation of Japanese POW's while others contain reports of military operations. Interspersed among these reports are occasional references to Japanese looting and to the burning of houses at Nanning in May 1945. Also, within the interrogation reports are those of Korean conscripted into the Japanese Army and information regarding Koreans being forced in labor work for the Japanese.

Arranged by War Department Decimal Classification System.
Box 796 (FRC box) location: B190/2/10/06

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