Falklands help required

I am just sitting down to write an essay about Goose Green and I have some rather bone queries.

What words if any in 'battalion second-in-command' get capitalised?

Also does 'the' in 'the Parachute Regiment' get capitalised?

Slight change of emphasis but does anyone know the following?

What company was Barry Norman in at the time i.e. was he HQ Coy CSM? (The interview refers to him as ‘Sergeant Major’, but that is an appointment not a rank and I want to be able to get it right. If I cannot find out his appointment I shall refer to him as WO II which I would rather not do)

Was Major Keeble still serving when he gave his interview to Yorkshire television for 'The Falklands War: The Untold Story'?

He gave his interview in civvies and I know he left in 1987 but he may still have been in when it was conducted and to an historian this is an important point.

Thanks in advance.


The book Goose Green: A Battle Is Fought To Be Won by Mark Adkin is very useful if you don't have it already.

The above book refers to Norman as a sergeant throughout, not CSM.
What words - if any - in 'battalion second-in-command' get capitalised?

In that context none. The word 'battalion' is only capitalised when used in its titular context, i.e. 2nd Battalion. Likewise second-in-command is neither a rank or appointment, rather a position and is thus not capitalised.

Also does 'the' in 'the Parachute Regiment' get capitalised?

Technically no, though it often (incorrectly) is.


War Hero

I trust you've got a copy of Fitzgibbon's Not Mentioned In Despatches?
No I am afraid.

I am writing a comparitive critique of two specific primary sources; the Keeble and Norman interviews in 'Speaking Out: Untold Stories from the Falklands War' and as such I need to confine myself to that specific book, otherwise I may bring in infomation and judgements that cannot be deduced from this text.

I will be writing a more general essay later on the same subject so any book tips are appreciated!

Do I dare touch the 'H' Jones controversy?
The word "the" in the parachute regiment would indeed be capitalised if it is used as part of the the title.


I was looking at some members of the parachute regiment.

I am a member of the 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment.
These may be useful:

"2 Para's Battle for Darwin Hill and Goose Green" ISBN 0-9660717-1-9 by David J. Kenney. Oak Square Press April 2006

"Not Mentioned in Dispatches" ISBN 0-7188-3016-4.

They should give you aidea of who was where, when, if that's allowed in your current project.

I doubt you could be harsher on Jones than FitzGibbon is in his (turgid) analysis of the battle.
Thanks for the replies.

With regards to the correct capitalisation, I downloaded Jones's VC citation from the London Gazette. I'll follow their lead.
(exaclty as Inf/MP has posted)
Archimedes, yes I think we are taking about the same thing.

I have found this on you tube:

You Tube: Goose Green a Soldier’s Story [online]. 22 November 2006 (seen 27 February 2007), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGJu4xyEHss

I was just trying to be clever and show some insight into what they said and why. One aspect was whether the soldiers were still serving at the time of the interviews. I think Norman was.

I have written my essay, and while I am generally happy with my individual analysis of each account, it is the contrast part and the question of what we can learn from them and their context that I am unsure of.

Adj, pm inbound.

Any lecturer types want to mark it for me?


War Hero
I think the programme in the film with Barry Norman and Chris Keeble was 1987, Norman was a sgt in Falklands so he would be a wo2 by about 87 anyway..( 5 years on).

However, I do remember seeing a falklands documentary filmed in 1996 featuring both of these men and a few more..the conflict was 14 years old by then.

Some of them were still serving then, but I bet theres only a handful left still serving and if they are the would probably be officers as it was 25 years ago.

If you get the chance, maybe go to the Airborne Forces museum in Aldershot, Browning Barracks..they may be able to help you there.
Just a quick update for the forum history buffs: I got a very good mark for my essay ( a 'first'!), in no small part due to the tips, help and advice I received from the forum members.

I am beginning my reading for the sequel and again, thanks for the book tips!

The title is:


Anyone know where Thompson's latest utterences on the subject can be found?
Well done BBR.

Did you manage to find a copy of Not Mentioned in Despatches?

If not it is

Fitz-Gibbon, S. (2001): Not Mentioned in despatches: The History and Mythology of the Battle of Goose Green, The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge.

As previously mentioned it is a turgid read, but an important analysis for anyone who is doing an in depth study of this battle.
Inf, got it online.

My lecturer took one glance at the cover and said 'Hmmm, looks self published' ( to be fair diplomatic, not military history is his bag: He has met and interviewed Parsons, Henderson, Nott, Haig etc etc re the Falklands)

I've had a glance through it and it looks like a valuable addition to the historiography, so he can like it or lump it, it gets quoted and referenced!

Ive got the 2 Middlebrook (?, not got them handy, I think that is the chap) books as well as Adkin and various others.

No Picnic is hard to find (unbelievable given the anniversary) so I have put a recall on our library's sole copy.

When I get JSTOR to work from home I will search for some useful journal stuff, but it seems to be playing up.
Just for your info:

pages 137, 239, 256 and 302 of

Woddward, S. (1992): One Hundred Days: The Memoirs of the Falklands Battle Group Commander, Harper Collins, London.

may be of use to you.
Just as a matter of interest what course are you doing?

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