The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage

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"The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no. Series Two
Episode 008
Directed by David Croft
Story by Jimmy Perry and David Croft
Produced by David Croft
Original air date Saturday 8/3/69 7.00pm
(recorded Sunday 20/10/68)
Running time 30 minutes
Episode chronology
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"Operation Kilt"
Next →
"The Loneliness of the Long Distance Walker"

The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage is an episode in the British comedy series Dad's Army, which was originally transmitted on Saturday 8 March 1969.


The church bells are to be removed to provide metal for the war effort, so the vicar has one last ring before they are removed. After the church bells ring (which is the signal indicating the start of a German invasion), Mainwaring, Wilson, Jones, Frazer, Pike and Walker all go to Godfrey's cottage and start fighting the "Germans."


While most of the platoon are on their way to the cinema to see a training film, the church bells ring, and Mainwaring, Jones and Frazer take up a defensive position at Godfrey's cottage. Wilson, Pike, Walker and Sponge can't find the others, and, leaving Sponge behind at the command post, head to Godfrey's cottage. There they see Jones, wearing one of Godfrey's old German helmets, and fire at him. Meanwhile, Godfrey's sisters shake a tablecloth out of the window, which is interpreted by Wilson as a surrender. In the end, Sponge starts firing on Mainwaring and Wilson.



  1. This episode was missing from the BBC's television archives for many years and was thought to be lost for ever. However, in June 2001 this episode and Operation Kilt were returned to the BBC after almost 25 years. The containers that the episodes were held in were in a terrible condition and the film was badly deteriorated. Following laborious work by BBC technicians, it was restored and re-transmitted.
  2. This episode was originally titled 'The Battle of Mon Repos'.

Radio episode[edit]

"The Battle of Godfrey's Cottage"
Dad's Army episode
Episode no. Series One
Episode 005
Story by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles
Produced by John Dyas
Original air date Monday 25/2/74, 6.15pm
(recorded Friday 6/7/73)
Running time 30 minutes
Episode chronology
← Previous
"The Enemy Within the Gates"
Next →
"The Armoured Might of Lance Corporal Jones"


  • Croft, David; Perry, Jimmy; Webber, Richard (2000). The Complete A-Z of Dad’s Army. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-4637-X. 

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