- Backed by the Pentagon: Huston and his crew of fourteen (two of whom were killed in battle) were assigned by the Pentagon to shoot the film alongside the men of the 143rd Infantry Regiment.
- Executive Meddling:
- Both the Pentagon and Huston's superior, Frank Capra, pressured him to change elements of the film. The film was ultimately cut from five reels to two as a result.
- Some argue that the overall US Army commander for the area, General Mark Clark, insisted on recording the prologue as he believed that the film presented his command decisions in a negative light.
- On the other hand, Army Chief of Staff George Marshall argued that the film was a valuable tool for training soldiers and preparing them for combat. It was shown to soldiers in infantry training at least into the Vietnam War.
Trivia / The Battle of San Pietro