Alastair Borthwick was a famous novelist and broadcaster who is widely known for the role he played during the pre-, and post-war times. He had rubbed shoulders with Scottish aristocrats and loved hiking and hill climbing. He also predicted the war from a soldier’s and captain’s perspective.
Early Childhood and Career Life
Alastair Borthwick was born in Troon, Ayrshire and only studied till high school when he dropped out to follow his career as a “Paperman.” He worked as a copytaker for the Evening Times, and soon he propelled to the Glasgow Weekly Herald. It was here that he discovered his passion for mountaineering.
In 1935, he moved to London and joined The Daily Mirror, but only worked there for a year. He got engrossed with running a press club and later BBC. Radio broadcasting seemed to have captured him, and it is where he excelled at. That was complemented by his great writing and expression skills. As a broadcaster, he blended his passion for climbing and broadcasting to host a mountaineering show.
His Contributions During the War
Alastair Borthwick was so fascinated with mountaineering that he decided to enroll in the army against Germany. He achieved higher ranks, becoming a captain after being an intelligence officer for a while. His troop was the 51st Island Division 5th Seafront Highlanders. By 1941, he was the 2nd lieutenant.
His move to the 5TH Seafront Highlanders in October 1944 marked a turning point in his life. As the war was about to end, he managed to lead about 600 war soldiers in the dark using maps that were entirely inaccurate. They were after German soldiers. When the enemies woke up, they were surrounded by the Seafront Highlanders’ dugouts.
Literary Works of Alastair Borthwick
While most people would stop writing about a single genre, Alastair Borthwick wrote two different books on different topics. First, he wrote “Always a Little Further” in 1939, which is a story of both humor and adventure. He depicts the decade he enjoyed climbing and meeting different people of different races.
The next was “Sans Peur” written in 1946. In the book, Alastair provides first hand detailed and graphic information about the untold occurrences of the war. His thorough recollection of the events earned the book great popularity and was republished under a new title: Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Action from El Alamein.”