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The mission was a direct assault on a an enemy occupied position. Basically a battle drill. Lt. Dike was promoted beyond his abilities and was allowed to command the company because of politics. Dike was incompetent and crumbled under pressure and was unable or unwilling to continue the attack as ordered, thereby placing the mission and Easy Company. Lt. Speirs was a competent and confident leader who was able to assess a situation and make a decision under high stress. On top of this Lt. Speirs had proven himself as a warrior was who probably had some of Easy Company’s members terrified to disobey him. After taking command and making his assessment, he quickly made a plan, gave his subordinate leaders directives, and aggressively implemented the plan. Lt. Speirs led the way and the men of Easy Company instinctively followed. I know that the warriors of Easy Company appreciated being led by an aggressive, competent and confident leader.