I have just attended the Battlefields Trust Waterloo event https://www.justgiving.com/account/your-pages/Battlefields-Trust-Waterloo-18-June-2012 and a story I heard prompted a thought about the vital military significance of...... BEER. The Belgian Tourist Board (Brussels and Wallonia) and the Brasserie Bocq dontated 24 Bottles of Waterloo beer. This 8% electric soup is brewed in a brewery at Braine l'Alleud and the label makes the brave claim to be the same type of beer drunk by Allied troops at the battle of Waterloo. This fits with some contemporary stories about the over exuberance of Dutch troops at the end of the battle of Waterloo. After spending all day camped around Braine l'Alleud, the troops of the 1st Brigade of the 3rd Netherlands Division were ordered into battle against the 1/3rd grenadiers of the imperial guard at 7 PM. 'They dashed into the fray shouting "Long live the House of Orange. Long live the King" An officer of the British 2/30th Foot wrote. " a heavy column of Dutch infantry, the first we had seen, passed, drumming and shouting like mad with their shakos on their top of their bayonets near enough on our right for us to see and laugh at them.” Funny or not, the charge was a success, and the Old Guard recoiled.' (Mark Adkins) A painting of this event used to hang in the officers mess of the 1st Armoured Division HQ and Signal Regiment at Wentworth Barracks Herford. Now we know why. The British troops spent the 18th June standing in square and being shot at by the French. These Dutch soldiers spent the day tanking themselves up on Auntie Stella’s big sister. The horde of drunken Dutchmen unleashed on the French neither knew nor cared who they were fighting. So rewrite the history. The battle of Waterloo may not in fact have been won by the Foot Guards on the playing fields of Eton. It may have been won in the breweries of Belgium. Do you know of any other battles where alcohol played a critical factor?