Alastair Borthwick, a very renowned author, will forever remain historian legend for the role he played before, during and after World War II. During his time, Borthwick made his name through his atheistic writings, favorite shows he broadcasted and his achievements during the Second World War. Most of his writing related to mountaineering and hill climbing as well as World War II from the perspective of a captain and infantryman.
Borthwick Early Life and his Career
He was born in 1913, in Troon but at the age of 11 Borthwick and his family moved to Glasgow, a place he attended high school. Borthwick was not fond of education, at the age of 16 he dropped out to become a copytaker at Evening Times and after a short while he qualified to work at the Glasgow Weekly Herald. Due to limited employees in his place of work, Borthwick played a variety of duties including writing and editing film pages related to mothers and children, gave responses to readers queries and compiled crosswords.
In 1935, Borthwick landed an opportunity in London to work at the Daily Mirror although the job ended after one year. This created room for him to venture into better working areas where he could fully exploit his abilities. Borthwick would briefly run a press club and later join the BBC. He had incredible broadcasting skills outdoing other broadcasters in that era of formal broadcasting; however, Borthwick perceived it as a natural gift to speak catching the attention of many.
Borthwick Participation in the War
After the break out of Second World War, Borthwick signed up for the war to fight against Germany. The experienced gained during mountaineering activities invigorated him. He joined the 51st Highland Division`s 5th Seaforth his main operations being in North Africa and Western Europe. At one time, Borthwick received the rank of the captain, serving as the battalion intelligence officer.
Towards the end of the war, Borthwick made a heroic achievement, when him alone, lead the whole battalion of 600 men during the night behind German enemy lines. The following morning, German`s found Highlanders dug in behind them.