Douglas MacArthur is a larger than life and contraversial figure in WWII history. Considered either a fool by some or a brilliant strategist by others, there can be no denying that his force of personality had an impact on the course of the Pacific war. The question is how much? His absence from SouthWest Pacific Area offers some interesting questions. Who is given the command of SWPA? Is it another American, Stillwell perhaps? Could it be a British commander, or even Australian? How does this new commander affect the level of forces and supplies sent to the region? Is the Phillipines retaken or bypassed by a Central Pacific only axis of attack? Does a single axis of attack hurt or help the Japanese defence? Is the war longer and more costly, or shorter and less costly? How would MacArthur's death effect his legasy?