I think you have it backwards. If the story starts out before the war no one will care. The story starts with the war and flashes back to how the guys signed up, and it can flash back several times at different points in the action to reveal more of their past. The beginning has to draw the audience's attention, and what will draw attention better: 1. a very long stretch of people doing normal stuff and for some reason signing up for war, going through training, being bored, and then actually going to war half way through, or 2. people are fighting, scared, confused, thinking back on how they got into this mess and then we see all that long boring normal life stuff.
We're gonna need more than three people. Ten minimum. That's ten men with names, with back stories, with more than one sentence personalities. Typical platoon is about 40 men. A single Black Hawk helicopter can hold 14 men. The mission to kill Bin Laden had 2 Black Hawks (28 men) plus two additional SEAL teams. They train together, they live together, they fight together. Three guys, definitely not three brothers on the same mission, are not enough. One of them dies, then we're down to two and there's no group anymore. The big battle scene I did for my comic followed 9 distinct characters and it was only 18 pages long. All Quiet On The Western Front had at least 6 main characters and they were just sitting around talking for most of the book. My own book has 15 special ops guys and they don't even appear until the second half.
I'm American and I think like an American, so I'm probably gonna want this to be about Americans fighting, and America doesn't start to really exert its influence around the world until after WWII. I have been thinking of two really cool ideas. I would really like to do something with helicopters or paratroopers or something. Coming out of the sky, going behind enemy lines, that stuff is really cool. That didn't start until WWII. I was also thinking about Stalingrad and it would be really cool to tell the story from the perspective of German soldiers behind Soviet lines. Germans are always the bad guys in WWII stories, but most of them were just regular people doing the things all soldiers do. It would be interesting to cast this band of soldiers as more victims of circumstance, caught up in a war they don't like for ideas they don't care for.
One guy gets captured and tortured and has a long discussion with his captors, like the guy who tortures people is some philosopher wannabe and the others stage a long rescue mission. Military torture scenes need car batteries. It would also help if his ear gets cut off.
Someone gets fatally wounded and there's this long scene trying to save him but he dies anyway. The guy who tries to save him doesn't realise it but he is fatally wounded too and also dies.
If they are special guys infiltrating the enemy then they will need to be highly trained expert killers, not fresh off the farm bumbling fools. This way we can show that just because they're expert killers doesn't mean they aren't real people and don't have emotions. It makes the audience feel for them more because there's this sharp contrast between the two. If a regular person goes to war, gets scared, craps his pants, and he cries that's more comedy. If a real badass goes to war, one of them gets captured, one of them gets killed, and these really badass guys break down after the death of their friend then that's all the more powerful. It's why when Maximus cries over the death of his family it's really moving but when Upham is frozen in the staircase when the SS guy kills his friend and he pees his pants he's a disgrace.
Also, it is often portrayed to ridiculous degrees, but the more training someone has the better accuracy they have. Our guys are probably gonna be way better trained than the enemy, especially if it is after WWII, so there should be a marked casualty disparity. Like one Egyptian said after the Six Days War, "The Israelies trained to win the war, we trained to parade down the streets in Cairo." Most third world armies, and most personal armies of two bit dictators are just overzealous kids with no training to speak of. They spray and pray. Competant armies are highly trained, highly disciplined, and can remain calm under fire enough to aim. One part in Black Hawk Down had the "lost convoy" racing down a narrow street with guys shooting at them from both sides. The Americans said that was stupid and any bullet that didn't hit the convoy would probably kill their own men on the other side of the street like a circular firing squad. This is especially true of the really higer up special ops guys. The official story is that the mission to kill Bin Laden took 90 minutes, but stories from people who have connections in the SEALs say he was dead in under a minute. Most of the time was spent dealing with the crashed helicopter and identifying the body, after the firefight was long over.
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If you're frightened of dying and you're holding on,
you'll see devils tearing your life away.
If you've made your peace,
then the devils are really angels freeing you from the earth.
~ Meister Eckhart ~