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A conversation with Mark Urban, Diplomatic Editor of BBC Newsnight, on his latest book, Red Devils, an authorised history of the Parachute Regiment during the Second World War.
In the UK they were known as the Parachute Regiment, but their German enemies christened them ‘The Red Devils’. Showing what it took to succeed in this new regiment, the book vividly brings to life six men and their experiences across D-Day, Arnhem and the Second World War – 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.
Drawing on archival research, British and German sources, and new material from the men's families, Mark Urban mixes accounts of the battles with a deep understanding of personalities, service politics and the paratrooper ethos to reveal the Red Devils in all their glory.
Mark Urban has been the Diplomatic Editor of BBC Newsnight since 1995. Before joining the BBC, he was Defence Correspondent for The Independent. He is the author of several books on military matters, and served for a short time in the British Army.
Red Devils: The Trailblazers of the Parachute Regiment in World War Two: An Authorised History was published by Penguin in October 2022.
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