‘Gripping and authoritative’ Andy McNab
‘Superb accounts of the battles and a deep understanding of personalities’ Patrick Bishop, The Telegraph
A GRIPPING, AUTHORISED HISTORY OF THE DARING ‘RED DEVILS’ TOLD THROUGH THE FATES OF SIX HEROES . . .
In Britain they were known as The Parachute Regiment, but their German enemies christened them The Red Devils. Circus performers, solicitors, gravediggers, family men… they were ordinary people who became wartime heroes. Showing what it took to succeed in this new regiment, Urban vividly brings to life six men and their experiences across D-Day, Arnhem and WW2 – from the recently-widowed Geoffrey Pine-Coffin, who had to leave his young son to head to the front, to Mike Lewis, whose photographs became iconic images of war.
Using deep archival research, British and German sources, and new material from the men’s families, Red Devils paints a true and moving picture of the heart of war.
PUBLISHED ON THE 80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR FIRST CAMPAIGN: OPERATION TORCH IN NORTH AFRICA