War Plan Proposal
Office of the Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief
U.S. Department of War
Subject: Opening the Second Front through Asia
This is the outline of what is tentatively called War Plan Red:
1. Proposed: A conference to create an Asian mutual defense treaty, similar in scope and objective as NATO.
3. Proposed: As manpower becomes available, it is recommended that 2 new field armies and an airborne corps be created (provisionally designated 10th U.S. Army, 14th U.S. Army and U.S. XXIII Airborne Corps) for use in the Far East Theater of Operations.
4. Proposed: Military co-operation with the paramililtary units of the CIA in Asia, especially in the arming and training of indigenous paramililtary forces, such as scouts or rangers. Highly successful examples of this are the Chin and Kachin Rangers, and the Free Thai Scouts, etc. There is a consensus that Detachment 101 should be re-established toward this end.
5. Proposed: Military training missions to train the newly established Indian Army, from the remains of the British India Army, and the new armies of Burma, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. In Vietnam and Cambodia, there are large numbers of indigenous former Legionnaires of the French Foreign Legion who will, with the anti-Japanese resistance fighters, form the nucleus of these new armies. Some of these Legionnaires even command special skills (Parachutistes, Commandos Marin, etc.) that would serve well in this theater of battle. Also of special interest are the large number of British-trained paratroopers, commandoes and Special Air Service-type members of the Indian Military, who can be used as surrogates to train Asian troops and Special Units, and the possible creation of an Inter-Allied Special Forces Command in the Far East theater.
6. Proposed: Neutralization of Communist forces in Asia, including, but not limited to, the Chinese Communist Party, the Hukbalahap insugents in the Philippines, and other communist insurgent movements in Ceylon, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. To this end, it is recommended that 4thRanger Battalion be attached to the part of the 8th U.S. Army that is in India and the 6thRanger Battalion be attached to the part of the 8th U.S. Army stationed in the Philippines.
7. Proposed: When all areas of operation have been stabilized and all other threats have been neutralized, implementation of the plan for the invasion of the Siberian and Central Asian Soviet Union (initially codenamed OPERATION GENGHIS KHAN) will commence. X-Day planned for late-May to early-June, 1947.
B/Gen. David H. Halderman
Chief Of Staff, U.S. Army
War Plans Division