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Records of U.S. Theaters of War, World War II

(Record Group 332)
1939-48 (bulk 1941-48)

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In 2001 NARA began a project to reallocate many military records from the World War II era into new record groups, organized around the major army commands. The project was completed in 2003. As a result of the project, Record Group 332 was canceled and its records were reallocated into other record groups. This chapter has been annotated to identify the new record group designations for the reallocated records.

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  • 332.1 Administrative History
  • 332.2 Records of Headquarters European Theater of Operations U.S. Army (HQ ETOUSA) and its Successor, Headquarters U.S. Forces European Theater (HQ USFET) 1939-48 (bulk 1942-47)
    • 332.2.1 Records of headquarters organizations
    • 332.2.2 Records of Headquarters MIS-X (Military Intelligence Service, Escape and Evasion Section) Detachment
    • 332.2.3 Other records
  • 332.3 Records of U.S. Army Organizations in Pacific Theaters 1941-48
  • 332.4 Records of U.S. Army Organizations in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Theaters 1943-44

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332.1 Administrative History

Related Records: Records of Naval Operating Forces, RG 313.
Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II, RG 331.
Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter), RG 338.
Records of U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, RG 342.
Records of U.S. Army Forces in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations, RG 493.

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332.2 Records of Headquarters European Theater of Operations U.S.
Army (HQ ETOUSA) and its Successor, Headquarters U.S. Forces
European Theater (HQ USFET)
1939-48 (bulk 1942-47)

History: HQ ETOUSA established in London by General Order 3, HQ ETOUSA, June 8, 1942, succeeding Headquarters U.S. Army in the British Isles (HQ USABI), established in London by General Order 1, HQ USABI, January 8, 1942. Until establishment of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF; SEE RG 331), February 13, 1944, HQ ETOUSA participated in operational planning for Allied invasion of western Europe. Performed administrative and service functions for U.S. Army troops, equipment, and facilities in United Kingdom and Iceland, 1942-45; North Africa, November 1942-February 1943; and western Europe, June 6, 1944- July 1, 1945. Moved from London to Valognes, France, September 1, 1944; and to Paris, September 14, 1944. Redesignated HQ USFET, with main headquarters at Frankfurt, Germany, and rear headquarters at Paris, effective July 1, 1945, by General Order 130, HQ ETOUSA, June 20, 1945. HQ USFET redesignated Headquarters European Command (HQ EUCOM), effective March 15, 1947, by General Order 48, HQ USFET, March 10, 1947.

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332.2.1 Records of headquarters organizations

Textual Records (reallocated to RG 498): Administrative file of the Historical Division, ETOUSA/USFET, 1942-46, containing summary historical reports on ETOUSA/USFET headquarters organizations and subordinate commands. Subject file of the Office of the Chief Surgeon, HQ ETOUSA, 1942- 45. Subject file of the Office of the Chief of Transportation, HQ ETOUSA/USFET, 1942-46.

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332.2.2 Records of Headquarters MIS-X (Military Intelligence
Service, Escape and Evasion Section) Detachment

History: Headquarters 6801st MIS-X Detachment established at Le Vesinet, France, effective May 2, 1945, by General Order 36, Headquarters Military Intelligence Service (HQ MIS) ETOUSA, May 6, 1945. Responsible for compiling information, for reward purposes, on civilians in the formerly occupied areas of western Europe who had assisted downed Allied airmen in escaping and evading the enemy. Redesignated 7709th MIS-X Detachment, effective November 1, 1946, by letter of HQ USFET, October 17, 1946. Abolished, effective January 31, 1947, by HQ USFET radio message CM-IN 251, February 1, 1947.

Textual Records (reallocated to RG 498): Case files on French, Dutch, and Belgian civilians ("Helpers' Files"), 1945-47 (272 ft.), with index.

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332.2.3 Other records

Textual Records (reallocated to RG 498): British Intelligence Objectives Subcommittee (BIOS) technical and intelligence reports, 1939-48.

Maps and Charts (847 items)(reallocated to RG 498): Normandy landing beaches; and defenses (including the Maginot Line), transportation routes, topography, river crossings, military situations, and administrative boundaries, primarily in France, the Low Countries, and Germany, 1943-45.

Photographic Prints (2,900 images)(reallocated to RG 498): Compiled by the American Graves Registration Command, European Theater (a USFET subordinate command), containing views of U.S. military cemeteries in the Azores, Belgium, England, Northern Ireland, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (including scenes of Gen. George S. Patton's interment at the U.S. military cemetery in Hamm, following his death on December 21, 1945), in albums, 1944- 45 (MC).

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332.3 Records of U.S. Army Organizations in Pacific Theaters
1941-48

Textual Records (reallocated to RG 554): General decimal file of Headquarters U.S. Army Forces in the Far East (Philippines, 1941-42; Australia, 1943- 44), 1941-44. Records of the Historical Section of the Intelligence Division (G-2) of Headquarters United States Army Forces in Korea (USAFIK, also designated XXIV Army Corps), 1945- 48, documenting U.S. occupation activities in southern Korea.

Posters (4 items) (reallocated to RG 554): Produced by the Office of Civil Information, USAFIK, to publicize the Korean election of 1948, 1947-48 (332-P).

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332.4 Records of U.S. Army Organizations in Mediterranean and
Middle Eastern Theaters
1943-44

Textual Records (reallocated to RG 492): Inventories of records of Headquarters Mediterranean Theater of Operations U.S. Army (HQ MTOUSA) and subordinate commands, n.d.

Maps (8 items)(reallocated to RG 497): Of Persian Gulf Command (equivalent, 1944-45, to a theater of operations), showing troop dispositions in Iran; plan of a U.S. military base at Khorramshahr, Iran; and highway construction camp locations from Khorramshahr to Kazvin, Iran, 1943-44.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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