The Prohibition of Alcohol in the 1920s had a lot of problems, including the general poor public opinions involving it and the creation of organized crime syndicates who profited off selling the new illegal items
British and French generals discuss their strategy to attack the Russians during the Battle of the Alma. During their preparations to assault the Russians, they dismiss the journalist, William Howard Russell, who is serving as the first known modern war correspondent and will eventually document the famous Charge of the Light Brigade.
In this scene, Andy takes a drink before confronting his cheating wife. The scene cuts to the courtroom, where he is explaining to the prosecution what happened that night. Then, the scene cuts back to Andy's confrontation.