The number of Italian POWs taken in North and East Africa became so large that it was evident that it would not be possible to maintain them in the conditions laid down in the Geneva Convention unless a significant proportion were relocated out of theatre. Whilst this in of itself was also in breach of the convention it was deemed to be the lesser of two evils and so they were shipped in batches to India (most of the officers), southern Africa and Britain where they were put to work mainly on farms. It's about this latter that I seek information. Now to save unnecessary effort - I know more than enough about how they were treated in Britain, the sort of work they did, the attitude of the farmers etc towards them, how they were organised - right down to how their meagre pay was distributed. What I need to confirm is how they were shipped to Britain. From 1941 to the taking of Sicily in 1943 shipping to and from Egypt through the Mediterranean was very limited and the supply route from Britain ran down the South Atlantic, round the Cape, up to the Red Sea and on through the Suez Canal. Am I right in my assumption that the Italians travelled in the reverse direction? If so was it in stages with transit camps along the route or all in one long voyage?