The use of the term “Greater East Asia War” (大東亜戦争) was prohibited by GHQ/SCAP, and the Civil Censorship Detachment was instructed to replace it with “Pacific War” (太平洋戦争) in all print publications . The term was deleted from many of the Prange Collection books, especially reprints or new editions of books that were originally published before or during the war. It was sometimes overlooked in the preface, however, where the author or editor mentioned the ongoing war using the term, “Greater East Asia War”. In some books, the swapping of “Greater East Asia War” for “Pacific War” was the only change made to the book.
In the case below, the term “Greater East Asia War” was marked for change in the galley, but somehow made it through to the published version.