Red Devils: The Trailblazers of the Paras in World War Two by Mark Urban


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The Parachute Regiment is Britain’s elite airborne infantry. On the 80th anniversary of their first crucial campaign, in Operation Torch in North Africa, historian and broadcaster Mark Urban combines perspectives from German and British sources to tell the gripping stories of the men who had the resilience, fitness and self-reliance to be ‘Red Devils’ – the name they were given by their German enemies. The Paras comprised everyone from circus performers to solicitors, policemen to gravediggers, Christian Jews and communists. From recently-widowed Colonel Geoffrey Pine-Coffin, who had to leave his little boy to head to the front, to Mike Lewis, whose photographs became iconic images of war; from those who survived to those who longed for ‘a bloodbath’ and died in action; Urban brings life to these men and their experiences, exploring what drove them and covering their daring actions.

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