The desert is a harsh place. It's hard to survive in even when conditions are at their mildest. Fighting a war there seems utter lunacy - after all, there's nothing of any value there. But all war is madness and can bring madness to those involved.
So British Army Lieutenant Ray Sherrington wasn't surprised to find the man he was up against was ruthless to the point of insanity.
Captain Silvio Scappa was as mad as a cornered scorpion, and with a poisonous sting in his tail.