Note that the Battle of Letye Gulf is listed in both the Central Pacific Area (under Nimitz) and in the South West Pacific Area (under MacArthur). Leyte Gulf is where Nimitz's western thrust across the central Pacific Ocean intersected MacArthur's northern thrust across the western Pacific Ocean. While the Pacific Ocean command structure was convoluted, operations were "designed to sequence the SWPA's operations with POA's forces across the central Pacific....The main purpose of sequencing is to arrange objectives/tasks in such a progression that collectively they lead to the accomplishment of the assigned ultimate objective in the shortest time possible and with the least loss of personnel and materiel." Nimitz provided, but maintained control over, Admiral Halsey's Third Fleet to cover and support Admiral Kinkaid's Seventh Fleet operating under General MacArthur. The result of this imprecise arrangement was the crisis precipitating the Battle off Samar.
Leyte Gulf was in Macarthur's Southwest Pacific Area. The battle was not fought in POA. The point is that Nimitz wore two hats. He was Commander in Chief Pacific Ocean Areas (CINCPOA), but he was also Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPAC). Occasionally, the Pacific Fleet would conduct operations in the Southwest Pacific, as it did during the Battle of the Coral Sea in 1942, and Rabaul and Hollandia in 1944. But at Leyte Gulf Halsey was answerable to Nimitz as CINCPAC, not CINCPOA. Third Fleet was part of the Pacific Fleet. Seventh Fleet was not; it was part of the United States Fleet. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:49, 28 February 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't agree of course. None of this changes the fact that it was conducted in SWPA, as MacArthur's directive makes clear. The AOR was designated by SWPA. It wasn't unusual for forces from one theatre to cross into another. And I don't see why we need to give Nimitz credit. Hawkeye7 (talk) 20:13, 14 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No it wasn't erased. But the title is incorrect. You may not have been aware I started a talkpage thread at WT:MILHIST after I redirected it. But if the title for the threater is 'Asiatic-Pacific theater' rather than 'Pacific Theater of Operations,' it should be at Asiatic-Pacific theater, which ties it to the list of U.S. Army theaters, with their associated histories, medals, etc, rather than a non-existent 'Pacific Theater of Operations'. Feel free to comment at Milhist should you wish. Buckshot06(talk) 21:13, 18 October 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]