A Scots Guardsman in North Africa was driving a lorry-load of about 40 Italian prisoners back to camp when the vehicle came under artillery fire. The lorry bogged down in the sand when he drove off the road to avoid the shells. The Guardsman promptly jumped out and climbed into another lorry, which sped off. The abandoned prisoners pushed the truck back onto the road. But instead of driving back towards the Italian lines, they chased after the retreating British. Quizzed later about the decision, one of the Italians explained to his British captors “We are your prisoners and your prisoners we are going to stay.”

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