The character David Gibson through whose eyes most of the story is told, is based on the recollections of a British airborne soldier. We see and hear him and are privy to his thought throughout the battle. But unlike him, we know what is going on in the enemy's camp as well, and at the end, readers will ask, what would I have done?
In September of 1944, ten thousand airborne soldiers came from the sky to secure the Rhine River Bridge at Arnhem, Holland. Two thousand returned, many believing they had been sent on a suicide mission by leaders blinded by a sense of their own invincibility. Their stand at Arnhem, against overwhelming odds, is still considered on of history's most heroic military feats.
Red Devil Rising encompasses the range of human feeling from the arrogant tot eh simple, from the strategist to the mud and blood soaked warriors, both German and British who killed each other separately, or schemed to save each other. Ironically, one side fought because they wee doomed: the other for the glory of their last victory.