The manuscript of this volume was basically completed in 1954 and its content reflects sources available at that time. These sources fall in three categories: official records, collections of private papers, and published works.
Official records are the principal source of information for this volume.★ (1) The major U.S. Army documentary sources used in the writing of this volume are to be found in two of The Adjutant General's records depositories -- one in Alexandria, Virginia (the Special Records Branch), and the other in Kansas City, Missouri (the Kansas City Records Center). Between them these two depositories have those minutes, correspondence, and staff studies of the Combined and Joint Chiefs of Staff that are contained in the records of the War Department General Staff (mainly, the Office of the Chief of Staff and the War Plans Division/ Operations Division); the war diaries of the Southeast Asia Command; and the records of the United States Forces in the China Theater (including the General Joseph Stilwell's Radio File, 1942- 44) and the United States Forces in the India-Burma Theater and their subordinate commands. Of particular value were the Wedemeyer Files among the records of the United States Forces in the China Theater, including messages for the period 1944-45 and minutes of General Wedemeyer's conferences with the Generalissimo, a collection of Wedemeyer correspondence located with the records of the China Service Command, files of the Northern Combat Area Command containing documentation on the fighting in North Burma, and records of the Chinese Combat Command and Y-Force, subordinate commands of the United States Forces in the China Theater.
(2) U.S. Army radiograms will be found either in the Staff Communications Office, Office of the Chief of Staff, Department of the Army, or in files of India-Burma and China Theaters and their subordinate commands. Location of the latter radios is shown in the footnotes. Messages sent and received through Staff Communications are identified according to their local reference numbers and date, or by the CM-IN and CM-OUT numbers. Messages sent and received through theater agencies are identified by the call____________________