Dad's Army books

Dad's Army books

This is a list of books relating to the BBC television and radio sitcom "Dad's Army".


Publishing annuals based on a popular television series was common in the 1970s. World Distributors published six "Dad's Army" annuals between 1973 and 1978. Aimed mainly at children, they included short stories (some loosely based on TV episodes but most written for each annual), games, puzzles and historical information about WW2 and the Home Guard. Photographs in the 1973 Annual were mainly from the film, with photographs in other issues taken from the TV series.

Dad's Army Annual 1973, ISBN 723501424.
Text stories: "Which Way To Walmington?, Parachute Invasion, The Anti-Jerry Device, Souped-up Tactics!, The Platoon on Manoeuvres, False Alarm!, The New Recruits"
Cartoon strip stories: "Guerilla Warfare, Invasion"

Dad's Army Annual 1974, ISBN 7235020997.
Text stories: "Horror for Hodges, The Regimental Mascot, Mum's Army, The Official Inspection, Sealed Instructions, A Ghoul on the Loose, Dad's Army Joins the Navy"
Cartoon strip stories: " Jones Saves the Day, The Great Defenders"

Dad's Army Annual 1975, ISBN 723502363.
Text stories: "Operation Evacuees, Down On The Farm, The Riding Lesson, Midnight Marauders, Take Shelter, The Social Evening, Ready Steady Blow!, The Captain's Lucky Day"
Cartoon strip stories: "Sausage and Bash, Enemy Invasion"

Dad's Army Annual 1976, ISBN 723503192.
Text stories: "Yo Ho Hodges, The Usurper, Tomorrow's Heroes, Ladies First!, Roll 'Em!, The Captain Plays Cards"
Cartoon strip stories: "Fishy Business, The Documents"

Dad's Army Annual 1977, ISBN 723503508.
Text stories: "Gorilla Warfare, Night Manoevres, Tank Tactics, A Case Of Mistaken Identity, A Star Is Born, The Captains Clanger"
Cartoon strip stories: "Raising a Stink, The Magnificent Eleven"

Dad's Army Annual 1978, ISBN 7235043806.
Text stories: "Fire! Fire!, Once a Soldier Always a Soldier, On Course With the Captain, Friends or Foes?, Operation Evacuees!"
Cartoon strip stories: "Getting to Betsy, The Hero"


Dad's Army by John Burke, Hodder, 1971. ISBN 0340 15027 0.
A novelisation of the film.

Dad's Army Cartoon Book, Piccolo, 1973. ISBN 0330 23759 4. This contains six comic stories written by R.A.G Clarke and drawn by Bill Titcombe (in black and white) : "Operation Spycatcher, Dad's Army Goes to Sea, Operation Blunderbuss, Dad's Army in the Red, Operation Spit-and-Polish, Sure-fire Mainwaring!". 96 pages. Price 20p.

Dad's Army - The Defence of a Front Line English Village by Paul Abelman, BBC Books, 1989. ISBN 0563 20850 3.
A retelling of some events in the TV series, based on Captain Mainwaring's diary and "edited by Arthur Wilson M.A."

cript books

Dad's Army by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Elm Tree Books, 1975. ISBN 241 89251 1.
Foreword by Arthur Lowe.
TV scripts of "Asleep in the Deep", "The Deadly Attachment", "The Godiva Affair", "Everybody's Trucking" and "Keep Young and Beautiful". It included character and actor profiles, production notes, historical information and period newspaper articles about the Home Guard.

Dad's Army - The Lost Episodes by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Virgin Books, 1998. ISBN 1 85227 757 2.
TV scripts of "Operation Kilt", "The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage", "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker", "Sgt. Wilson's Little Secret", "A Stripe for Frazer" and "Under Fire".

Dad's Army - Walmington Goes To War by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Orion Books, 2001. ISBN 0 75284 153 X.
The complete TV scripts of series 1-4, including "Battle of the Giants".

Dad's Army - The Home Front by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Orion Books, 2001 ISBN 0 75284 743 0.
The complete TV scripts of series 5-8.


Dad's Army - The Making of a Television Legend by Bill Pertwee, Foreland Films, 1989. ISBN 1 97269 928 6.
Republished by Pavilion Books, 1997. ISBN 1 86205 176 3.

Dad's Army - A Celebration by Richard Webber with Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Virgin Books, 1997. ISBN 0 75350 307 7.

Dad's Army Song Book, Wise Publications, 1995. ISBN 0 7119 5141 1.
Music and lyrics of "Who do you think you're kidding Mr. Hitler?" and other popular wartime songs.

The Dad's Army Handbook by Tony Pritchard and Paul Carpenter, Dad's Army Appreciation Society, 1998.
The first attempt at a comprehensive "Dad's Army" reference book.

The Complete A to Z of Dad's Army by Richard Webber with Jimmy Perry and David Croft, Orion Books, 2000. ISBN 0 75281 838 4.

Dad's Army - The Story of A Classic Television Show by Graham McCann, 4th Estate, 2001. ISBN 1 84115 308 7.

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