Literature: Gimlet

Captain Lorrington "Gimlet" King, is a character created by the British author, W.E. Johns, best known as the creator of Biggles and Worrals.

The books which were published during and after World War II, are about the adventures of explorer-soldier "Gimlet" King, and his intrepid band of followers. His regular colleagues are Corporal Albert Edward Collson, nicknamed "Copper" (he is an ex-policeman), Private "Trapper" Troublay, and Nigel Norman Peters, nicknamed "Cub". "Gimlet" and his team of commandos were designed to represent the multiple ethnicities of the British Empire; along with the English characters, French-Canadian, Scots, and European-educated Asians, cooperate for the good of Britain.

Several of the novels are set during WWII, especially in occupied Europe. The other books in the series revolve around treasure, and the post-war struggles in Britain's colonies, and former colonies. In general the story line of the books focuses on actions behind enemy lines, or in foreign lands. During one of the books, Gimlet and his team go into occupied France to rescue British slave labourers from a Renault plant which is about to be bombed. In later stories, Gimlet seeks treasure, and must work as both predator and prey, when Werwolf terrorists begin trying and executing British "war criminals".


  • King of the Commandos (1943)
  • Gimlet Goes Again (1944)
  • Gimlet Comes Home (1946)
  • Gimlet Mops Up (1947)
  • Gimlet's Oriental Quest (1948)
  • Gimlet Lends a Hand (1949)
  • Gimlet Bores In (1950)
  • Gimlet Off the Map (1951)
  • Gimlet Gets the Answer (1952)
  • Gimlet Takes a Job (1954)

Short stories:

  • Comrades in Arms (1946/7)

The Gimlet Regulars also appear significantly in Biggles Follows On (1952).

Tropes in the Gimlet series include:

  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: Trapper does this during the assault on the beach in King of the Commandos.
  • The Remnant: The Werewolves in Gimlet Mops Up.