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Appendix H

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APPENDIX H

GENERAL HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES ARMY FORCES,PACIFIC

APO 500
AG 353 (18 July 45) GC
18 JULY 1945


SUBJECT: Wet-Cold Indoctrination Program.
TO:             Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific, APO 707.
                    Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Middle Pacific,APO 958.
                    Commanding General, Sixth Army, APO 442.
                    Commanding General, Eighth Army, APO 343.
                    Commanding General, Far East Air Forces, APO 925.

    1. A Wet-Cold Indoctrination Program will be established in this theater to acquaint troops with adequate means of self-protection against winter weather conditions.
    2. Troops in this theater have been subject only to tropical climates. For that reason particular attention will be given to preparing troops for cold weather conditions. Experience in the European theater, where troops were already acclimated to temperate climate, proved conclusively that unless vigorous emphasis was placed on the dangers inherent to sustained exposure to winter weather necessary under combat conditions, high casualty rates invariably resulted.
    3. Many troops in this theater are unfamiliar with standard items of cold weather clothing and equipment. In order to cause such clothing to he utilized with the maximum benefit, it is necessary that strong emphasis be placed on the use of cold weather clothing.
    4. The Commanding Generals, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific and United States Army Forces Middle Pacific are charged with technical and administrative control of the program as it applies to troops for which each of these commanders is logistically responsible. Tactical commanders are charged with the responsibility of insuring that the information included in this program is appropriately disseminated to personnel of their commands. Direct contact between Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Western Pacific, Commanding General, United States Army Forces, Middle Pacific and tactical commanders concerned is authorized for the purpose of carrying out the objectives of the Wet-Cold Indoctrination Program.

By command of General MacARTHUR:
        /S/ H. W. ALLEN
        /T/ H. W. ALLEN
            Colonel, A. G. D.,
            Asst. Adjutant General.

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