Review of Torpedoes in the Gulf: Galveston and the U-Boats, 1942-1943 by Melanie Wiggins

Torpedoes in the Gulf: Galveston and the U-Boats, 1942-1943 (four stars)

I liked this book because it clearly explains the almost comical reaction Galvestoians had to merchant ships being sunk in the Gulf of Mexico. For instance, the amount of fuel in commercial fishing boats was measured each morning before they put into the Gulf to fish and measured when they came back that night to ensure they had not supplied a German U-Boat with fuel. The city fathers of Galveston were convinced the Germans were receiving supplies from onshore since how else could they stay so long in the Gulf? It wasn’t like that had some sort of supply U-Boat carrying extra food and fuel and torpedoes. Actually, that’s exactly what they had. Neighbors spied on each other. German sailors were spotted buying supplies only to prove to be American sailors.

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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