Ivan Julian from the Voidoids played guitar on this track.
The lyrics are mostly an anti-war and anti-establishment screed, but feature a more touching sentiment underneath the rhetoric and sloganeering. "There is a rose that I want to live for" suggests that the singer is more concerned with a loved one than fighting and dying for a cause. It starts and closes with a US Marines' marching chant.
The Clash first played this song live in Berlin in May 1981 and it was played on and off until the end of 1982.
The video, directed by Don Letts, was filmed at the warehouse of singer Chris Farlowe, a collector of military items and paraphernalia, of which the band are dressed. Drummer Topper Headon is dressed as a World War II fighter pilot.