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General Douglas MacArthur’s GHQ Office in Australia

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General Douglas MacArthur’s GHQ Office in Brisbane, Australia was in this room which has been restored to the office MacArthur occupied from 20 July 1942 to November 1944. It was in this room where he and his staff formulated their initial plan for Victory in the Pacific.

Brigadier General R.J. Marshall recommending the AMP building as the Command Post because:

‘This is the largest and most modern office building, and in the center of town…The offices are good-sized, the building is well run and the offices are served by a battery of three elevators…The second and third floors have air-raid blast walls in the passage-ways, and are fitted to have the tenants of the building gather in those passage-ways for protection. The building is located on the busiest intersection in the center of the town.’

The staff of MacArthur’s General Headquarters (GHQ) was built around the small group that had escaped from the Philippines with him. Though Roosevelt and George Marshall pressed for Australian officers to be assigned to GHQ, the heads of all the staff divisions were American.

The secrecy that surrounded MacArthur’s location was enforced in the newspapers of the day. This meant that while ordinary people in Brisbane did see the General as he left his hotel for his office, when they read the official news released by his headquarters, it would be datelined: “SOMEWHERE IN AUSTRALIA”.

Essential Facts:

  • Title:                 General Douglas MacArthur’s GHQ Office in Australia
  • Dates:               July 1942 to November 1944
  • Museum:         MacArthur Museum Brisbane

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“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” General Douglas Macarthur

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 2)