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  1. KMZgirl

    KMZgirl Member

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    While searching online, I found the following order of battle of ground forces ( in the CBI Theater.)
    Most of dad's letters have the HQ HQ CT CC APO., which is listed below on *19 June 1944. Further down, it mentions MTF. Not being too good at military lingo, does this mean they combined or something else? Thanks!

    NORTHERN COMBAT AREA COMMAND (NCAC)

    Effective 1 February 1944 NCAC was organized with headquarters at Mile 5.5 on the Ledo Road. The Commanding General, NCAC, was responsible for the supervision and direction of all special and service units (Anglo-American) placed in the NCAC, with the exception of SOS units specifically engaged in road construction and the necessary auxiliary and service units. The command of all combat troops in NCAC remained with the Commanding General, CAI.

    4 Oct 43
    5303d Hq and Hq Co (Prov) Combat troops organized.

    29 Jan 44
    5303d Hq and Hq Co (Prov) Combat Troops redesignated 5303d Hq and Hq Co (Prov) Area Command.

    8 May 44
    5307th Comp Unit (Prov) assigned NCAC (See Record of Events for 5307th Comp Unit (Prov).)

    16 Jun 44
    NCAC passed to operational (assumed) control of SEAC. (Date of release unknown.)

    19 Jun 44
    Hq and Hq Co NCAC (CT&CC) activated.(* MY DAD*) Personnel allotment for NCAC was granted in order to provide American personnel for Hq and Hq Co NCAC and to provide all liaison personnel with units assigned to Chih Hui Pu (CAI), all American personnel with units assigned to Seagrave Hospital Unit and 1st Tank Group, and American personnel for such other activities as required them.
    5303d Hq and Hq Co (Prov) Combat Troops disbanded.

    17 Jul 44
    CG USAF CBI assumed direct control of NCAC. All Allied units (except Chinese) attached for operational control to NCAC.

    26 Jul 44
    5332d Brigade (Provisional), known as MARS Task Force, activated 26 Jul 44 and assigned NCAC. Mission of 5332d Brigade (Provisional) was to command long-range penetration units. 5332d Brigade (Provisional) participated in second battle for Burma.

    10 Aug 44
    475th Infantry activated Ledo and assigned NCAC.

    24 Oct 44
    NCAC assigned to IBT. CG USAF IBT assumed command of NCAC.

    12 Nov 44
    NCAC came under operational control of ALFSEA.

    10 Jan 45
    NCAC Field Replacement Depot established Ledo and assigned NCAC; discontinued 12 Apr 45.
    CG IBT announced opening of Ledo Road.
     
  2. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe "Hq and Hq Co NCAC (CT&CC)" translates as:

    Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Northern Combat Area Command (Chinese Training & Combat Command)


    The Mars Task Force was assigned to NCAC, probably per the 17 July 44 entry stating that "...All Allied units (except Chinese) attached for operational control to NCAC."

    So, MTF was under the operational command of NCAC which, in turn, was under the direct command of the Commanding General US Army Forces CBI. Not sure if that makes it any clearer.
     
  3. KMZgirl

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    Yes, you have the meaning of HQ HQ CT CC correct. I guess what is really confusing me now is the NCAC part. I know it stands for Northern Combat Area Command. But northern what, Burma? I know the CBI split into IBT and Chinese Theater. So what exactly is NCAC, for lack of a better term, sort of a mini theater within the CBI/IBT? So, HQ HQ wasn't the NCAC, just a small part of it? Sorry for my ignorance. Lol and thank you for helping me.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard

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    I think this might be helpful. You might want to look at the whole Wiki article.

    The Northern Combat Area Command or NCAC was a subcommand of the Allied South East Asia Command (SEAC) during World War II. It controlled Allied ground operations in northern Burma. For most of its existence NCAC was commanded by US Army General Joseph "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell (who concurrently held more senior command positions). In 1945 after Stilwell was recalled, his deputy, Lieutenant General Daniel Sultan, was promoted to and assumed command.
    Chinese National Army personnel constituted most of the combat units within NCAC.
    While it was initially intended that NCAC would operate as an integral part of the British 11th Army Group, Stilwell refused to work under General George Giffard and was made subordinate to the Supreme Commander of SEAC, Lord Louis Mountbatten.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Combat_Area_Command
     
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    Thank you. I read that about two months ago and it didn't sink in.... At all... Lol I had totally missed the part about Ramgarh. It made a little more sense this time. I'm getting better at terms/jargon, but for example, I still can't remember the difference between regiment, company, platoon, etc. While an article makes perfect sense to y'all, it's like I'm a six year old trying to read a medical journal. Lol I have to stop every sentence to look up definitions. Not complaining, just still in a huge learning curve. Again, thank you so much. I appreciate all the help I can get. :)
     

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