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Post-1946 Command File

Date: 1946-1973


Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a large body of miscellaneous printed and manuscript materials relating to the Post-World War II period through 1973. Starting in 1959, commands were required to submit annual histories, which are filed in the collection along with publications and other serial type materials and miscellaneous documents and manuscripts originated by or pertaining to the command. Examples of the types of materials include:


Air Defense Board Memoranda, 1949-1950 

Annual Reports of Fleet and Force commands, 1946-1973 

Command Histories, 1959-1973 

Command Narrative, 1946-1948 

Fleet Administrative Organization Lists, 1946-1973 

Information Bulletins of various type commands International Developments of Naval Interest, 1946-52 

Movement Report Control Center Location Lists, 1966-73 

Mutual Defense Assistance Program Reports, 1950-54 

National Intelligence Surveys, 1963-73 

National Military Command Center Operational Summary Overseas Bases Directory/Planning Guide/Summary, 1946- 1957 

Warfare Systems Conference Reports, 1946-50

Although most of the collection was originated by U.S. Navy organizations, some documentation was prepared by other services, foreign navies, research organizations under government contract, or by private individuals. While this collection contains a quantity of material concerning the Vietnam War, there is an additional collection of Vietnam materials that was established while NHHC historians were writing an official history of the conflict. This collection is known as the Vietnam Command File and is organized similarly to the Post-1946 Command File. There is some duplication of documents of documents between the two.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Post-1946 Command File, Archives Branch, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington, D.C.


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Published: Thu Feb 04 12:06:19 EST 2021