This was an offshore island near Sicily used by the Italians to incarcerate Allied POW’s It had no natural Water Supply and very little sanitation. The medical facilities were poor. It seems that this was not unusual in Italian POW camps at the time. Excerpt from a talk given by a soldier captured at Banana Ridge Tunisia 20th April 1943 They put us in a truck and took us to Bizerta The German Guard Commander said “You are no longer guests of the German Army, you have the Americans, we have the Italians, farewell and good luck.” We were put on an invasion barge which ran into a rock in the fog. An American said “they dont know where they are” then someone shouted Lampedusa. They marched us to a camp, we could see the barbed wire and watch towers a few hundred yards away and could smell the camp. There were about 500 men mostly walking about with no trousers on. Dysentery was rife and they were dying 8 or 9 a day because the sanitation with no water was atrocious. I caught Dysentery, we all did and Malaria as well. They kept us a month then moved us on.