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The working title of the film was The Dawn Is Ours. Opening credits are followed by voice-over narration that sets the scene. A written acknowledgment of the assistance of the United States Department of Defense and the United States Army follows the film. Portions of the film were shot at Serra Retreat in Malibu, CA, and in the Santa Susanna Mountains, according to a March 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item and Warner Bros. production notes. James Millican tested for a role, according to a February 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, but did not appear in the picture. A February 1951 Los Angeles Times news item reported that Warner Bros. was negotiating with Associated British Pictures Corp. to cast Richard Todd as the lead opposite Ruth Roman, who was set as the female lead. However, neither appeared in the picture.
Hollywood Reporter news items add the following actors to the cast: Fred Stevens, Philip Zanghi, Bruce Morgan and Robert Bricewood, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Force of Arms marked the screen debuts of Amelia Cova, Ron Hargrave, Frances Canto, Joel Marston and Jay Richards, according to April 1951 Hollywood Reporter news items. Reviews note that actual combat footage was used in the film. Although Force of Arms is not an adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel A Farewell to Arms, or a remake of the 1932 Paramount film of the same name, both the Time and New York Times reviews noted its resemblance to the other works.