Published: October 09, 2019
Henry Woods landed on the Normandy invasion beachhead in July 1944 as a 20-year-old Sherman tank troop commander with the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, nicknamed “the Skins”. He won the Military Cross in the fighting beyond the Rhine a few months later.
After taking the village of Weseke in a spirited attack over open ground, the Skins found their advance barred by a blown bridge leading into the small town of Sudlohn. The infantry got across on foot, but were held up without close tank support.
A single-track railway bridge was found downriver and Woods and his troop of four Shermans were ordered to force a crossing. It took him two hours and, according to the regimental history, much bad language to get the… source