Sorry that I always refer to "my home" the Afrikakorps Forum. But snce I have there some extensive threads, I want to avoid to post all again. If the Admin of this forum does not like this - just delete the links here...
http://www.afrika-korps.de/forum/viewto ... t=giarabub
And the above mentioned message was like this:
It was rare to find Australians cherishing any respect for the Italians as soldiers. Lieutenant-Colonel Costiani, the tough and truculent commander of the Giarabub garrison, was one exception.
He was a resolute fighter, with a streak of humour in his nature and the Australians admired him for those qualities. In fact, they formed almost an affection for him while the siege was in progress-a revealing light on the Australian character.
They related, with as much relish as when they told tales of their own doings, the story of a wireless message which they intercepted from Costiani to Regia Aeronautica Headquarters, Tripoli. It was sent a few hours after Italian bombers, evidently believing they were raiding the Australians, had heartily bombed Giarabub and its Italian garrison. Costiani drily signalled:
"We said enemy outside Giarabub, not inside. Please do not bomb fort in future. It has a bad effect on the natives."
Source: http://www.diggerhistory2.info/soldier/ ... arabub.htm