Captain Desmond Woods MC joined the 2nd Battalion London Irish Rifles in early October 1943 and immediately became OC of H Company and was then promoted to Major. He would serve with the battalion for eight months before he was wounded in June 1944 near Lake Trasimene. For his actions at Casa Sinagoga, Major Woods was awarded a second Military Cross to add to the MC awarded to him for his service with the Royal Ulster Rifles before the war. Although medically discharged from the London Irish Rifles, Major Woods would become a Training Major for the Gruppi Cremona who fought with the 8th Army in northern Italy.

Desmond Woods’ audio recorded accounts of the period with the Irish Brigade was transcribed by Military Historian, Richard Doherty, and are reproduced over the following pages by kind permission of his son, Adrian:

Part I – Adriatic Campaign

Part II – Preparation for Cassino

Part III – Liri Valley/Trasimene