American Generalissimo

Pearl Harbor had shown the Nation the disastrous flaw in divided Army & Navy responsibility. Six months later, Midway proved the strength of teamwork. Last week Franklin Roosevelt, in response to public clamor for more teamwork, carefully considered the appointment of a U.S. generalissimo over all the armed forces. He had gone so far as to discuss the job with a possible candidate: gaunt, able, patient, sharp-tongued Admiral William D. Leahy.

The Army & Navy each naturally—and desperately—wants its own man at the top. Best point in Admiral Leahy's favor: he gets on...

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