As they're departing for training camp, Maj. Reisman (Lee Marvin) asks MP Sgt. Bowren (Richard Jaeckel) "What do you think?" to which he replies "I think the first chance one of these guys gets, he'll shoot the Major in the back." That's the same exchange the two had in The Dirty Dozen (1967).
Television movie debut for Lee Marvin. This is despite appearing in a number of television series episodes and the movie The Killers (1964). According to the book, Movies Made for Television, The Killers (1964) was originally made for television but ended up being released theatrically because it was thought to be too violent for TV.
Lee Marvin reprises his role as Major Reisman in this tele-movie for the only ever time after the original The Dirty Dozen (1967) . While serving in the Marine Corps, Marvin became best friends with John Miara of Malden, MA. Miara became Marvin's model for the character of Major Reisman in The Dirty Dozen (1967), and subsequently also, this tele-movie.
The operation count-off is as follows: One: Sixkiller and Otto hop in the freight, the rest of us in position and wait; Two: The choo-choo stops for a brew, lowers the spout and Sanders comes out; Three: The engineer has life to fear, Otto and Sanders have their guns in the air; Four: The Major and Dregors are at the front door, Valentine and Le Clair support the rear; Five: We catch the krauts by surprise, we do our job and get out alive; Six: The Germans are caught in a bad fix; Seven: Demolition of the car by grenades, Baxley and Wells blow them to hell; Eight: The General and the devil keep their date, Wright and Anderson makes sure they're dead - everyone gets a bullet in the head; Nine: We board the train and take out the line; Ten: Kilometers more for The Dirty Dozen; Eleven: We turn the train over to our French friends - we're flown out and home again; Sixkiller only: And the army lets us out of the pen
This tele-movie's director, Andrew V. McLaglen, prior to this film had directed the movie The Devil's Brigade (1968), a movie that is considered in film history to be a "Dirty Dozen" influenced picture.