Iron Maiden, ‘The Trooper’ – Songs About Soldiers
Iron Maiden dug a little deeper in history for their soldier song, 'The Trooper,' using the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 as their inspiration for the track. Bassist Steve Harris penned the lyrics, inspired not only by the history of the war but also the Lord Tennyson poem of the same name.
In the video for the track, the band took the association one step further by featuring film clips from the 1936 film 'The Charge of the Light Brigade,' which starred Errol Flynn. In keeping with the military theme, frontman Bruce Dickinson can often be seen waving a Union Flag during live performances of the song.