IT’s true, Evillittlekenny. It probably happened because the Italians soldiers had many more chances to fight against the British, than the Americans, expecially in northern Africa. The over-whelming majority of the Italians taken prisoner in Africa, were captured by the English and deported to prison camps in Australia and India. I still remember the experience of a friend of my dad, older than him. He was captured by the Americans on March 1943 in Tunisia (I think it was during the battle of El Guettar, that took place on March 17, 1943, where the Americans captured about 700 Italians). It was banished in a prison camp, somewhere down in Texas, until the end of the war. He had happy memories of the imprisonment years, for the rest of his life… He always found excuse to talk about the Americans like friendly and generous people, that treated him very well, providing food, dresses and anything they needed… Here in Italy, until fifteen or twenty years ago, it was possible to listen a lot of story like this… Best regards.