A Fierce Quality: The Fighting Life of Alastair Pearson

By Julian James

As Al says, a biography is rarely written by someone who doesn’t admire or know the protagonist well – but this is the stuff of legion, there’s no need to make it up. Alastair “Jock” Stevenson Pearson, CB, DSO and 3 Bars, OBE, MC, TD, DL was a remarkable soldier, respected by all (except perhaps his batman, who he sent on an almost suicidal reconnaissance mission). He was one of the most highly regarded soldiers of the Parachute Regiment and, indeed, of the second world war. Pearson’s work with 1st Parachute Brigade in Tunisia is the stuff of Boys’ Own magazines, and Pearson was awarded a third DSO for his contribution to the Sicily campaign – capturing Primosole Bridge, ahead of Montgomery’s advancing troops. Believe it or not, he eventually resigned his commission to return to his bakery in Glasgow. You will love this book.

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