Norman Longmate, ex-Private 'F' Company, 3rd Sussex Battalion, Home Guard, joined 'Dad's Army' at the same age as the fictional character 'Pike', 17. To this day he contends that the much-loved sitcom was remarkably accurate in it's portrayal of life in the Home Guard. After the war he read modern history at Worcester College, Oxford worked as a journalist and radio producer of history documentaries and is the author of twenty books on the Second World War. He lives in London.
'Just how close the TV was to reality is amply demonstrated in
Longmate's affectionate tribute to the real Dad's Army' * The Mail
on Sunday *
'No one like Norman Longmate manages to convey with such verve and authority many of the most intriguing aspects of the Home Front' * Juliet Gardiner *