Napoleon said 'An army marches on its stomach' and in Food Fit For Heroes Dylan Winter challenges the Royal Navy, The Royal Airforce and the Army to recreate a meal that would have been served to the sailors under Sir Francis Drake, the pilots of The Battle of Britain and to the soldiers who beat Napoleon at Waterloo.
"Here is the deal Dylan - you get to eat three meals from history.
Now for the downside. They are going to be recreated by military chefs".
I know all about institution food.
I went to a state run boarding school where the peas were hard, the mash was lumpy and the sausages were both gritty and flaccid.
The idea of making programmes about the history of military food seemed like a good one - but not if you enjoy eating.
The initial research was anything but encouraging. In a few short days cruising
the far reaches of the web I unearthed the following alarming pieces of information:
English Ships and The Spanish Armada, August 1588
The Navy v The Spanish Armada - 1588.
Prince Philip of Spain assembled an army of 30,000 men. He loaded it onto a fleet of 130 ships - many of which were hastily converted grain carriers. It was a pretty desperate attempt to invade Britain in the name of God and the Pope.