The Red Devils are the British Army & Parachute Regiment's display team. The team wears the distinctive maroon beret. The Red Devils are regular serving paratroopers from the three battalions of the Parachute Regiment who have volunteered to serve on the display team.
The team was formed on 1 January 1964 by Major-General Glyn Gilbert, who was then Regimental Colonel of the Parachute Regiment, and in 1979 was officially declared the British Army's parachute display team. The team actually comprises two display teams of ten men, each with a cameraman who records each performance.
The distinctive maroon beret of the Parachute Regiment was first worn by the men of the Regiment when it went into action in North Africa in November 1942. The officers and men of the 1st Parachute Brigade, wearing this beret, were nicknamed the "Red Devils" by their German adversaries because of the fact that they were covered in red dust from the area in which they had been fighting (not for the fact they wore the Maroon Beret).