What is a Generalissimo?

The nation, through its press, demanded a united command, headed by a generalissimo. President Roosevelt made a limited response by finally naming Admiral William D. Leahy as his own personal Chief of Staff (TIME, July 27). But what were Admiral Leahy's duties, what were his rights, what his responsibilities? Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief sounded at first like a huge job.

President Roosevelt himself gave the answers, and the answers chiseled Admiral Leahy's new post down to a nub. Heretofore, said the President, he had spent a lot of...

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