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The working title of this film was One Against Seven. The picture opens with the following written prologue: "In 1942 Russia had been invaded to a depth of a thousand miles, and her armies seemed crushed. The world didn't know that these same 'beaten' armies would turn, take back every foot of ground they had lost and then invade Germany itself. One night, in this same year, 1942...under cover of fog...Russian engineers were engaged in a strange activity...on a river, facing the German lines..." According to a pre-production news item in Hollywood Reporter, Eric Feldary tested for the role of "Kirichenko." The Russian village set occupied four acres of land on Columbia's Burbank ranch and location shots were filmed at Charlston Flats, CA, according to a Hollywood Reporter news item. Another news item in Hollywood Reporter adds that additional scenes were shot in late January 1945 to update developments on the Russian-German front.