It happens in everyday life: the boss’s kid gets a job but they can’t preform; the higher-up’s favorite shares a responsibility with you but they don’t know what they’re doing; a battalion favorite gets to lead the most important company in the 101st and can’t hack it……no matter the circumstance, one thing is always true: you or others end up picking up all the slack - but when Life and Death are on the line (as it certainly was here) it’s criminal to have someone like this in a place of power.
There were a lot of other jerkasses I was considering for this, such as Sobel or Cobb, but Dike takes the cake. Even though Sobel was an incompetent officer, he was a good disciplinarian. Cobb was a jerk, but he was still a soldier who did his duty. Dike was none of the above. He is just what Lipton said in Episode 7: “Lt. Dike is an empty uniform.” He didn’t care for the men, he was never around when they needed him, and he had no interest in command. To sum it up, he was just plain incompetent, and his incompetency led to men being killed. It’s just so tragic that men had to lose their lives following the poor orders (or lack thereof) of a man like Dike.
30 Days of Band of Brothers | Day 7 ♠ Scene that makes you angry
└ Dike’s leadership (or lack thereof) during the attack on Foy
2Lt. Carwood Lipton: Lieutenant Dike wasn’t a bad leader because he made bad decisions. He was a bad leader because he made no decisions.
If only he’d listened to what Winters had told him and kept Easy moving in through Foy, he could have prevented the loss of so many wounded or killed men. Maybe he was terrified and maybe he wasn’t cut out to be a leader, but so were so many of the other men. He should never have been there.
We spent our night in Rachamps in a convent. It was the first
time we’d spent a night indoors in a month. The sisters brought in
their choir to sing for us. It was heaven. The mood of the men was
relaxed. We were finally being relieved and would soon be in Mourmelon.
In the morning, we found out Mourmelon would wait. Hitler had launched a
counteroffensive. We were bound for Hagenau to hold the line. But for
that night, we didn’t know it yet. That night, we were okay. I tried to
make a roster for the company to see who we had left. We’d come into
Belgium with 121 men and officers plus 24 replacements. That’s 145
total. We were going out with 63. Guarnere was badly wounded, and
Hoobler died accidentally. Joe Toye had lost his leg. Among the dead
were Herron, Mellet, Sowosko, Kenneth Webb, Harold Webb, Alex Penkala
and Skip Muck. A month in Belgium cost us one good officer, Buck
Compton… and one bad one, Norman Dike.