Chet Rohn – Liberator, Half-Track Machine Gunner from World War II - In this amazing episode, Pete A. Turner has the honor to have a conversation with Chet Rohn, a World War 2 veteran. While winning the war, Chet and his units fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and freed concentration camps.
Chet's war began well after D'Day, his first big fight was arriving to break through at the battle of the bulge. One humorous note, Chet was assigned a WW1 water-cooled machine gun. BUT, it was so cold, he couldn't use water to cool the weapon...so he had to fire the weapon in quick burps of rounds.
BIG SHOUT TO, Andrew Biggio for getting Chet to Bastogne for the 75th anniversary of that fight. Magical things happen when we get out and connect with people. Look for Andrew's book, the Rifle in 2020 from Regnery
Chet Rohn was a machine gunner on a 1/2 track in the 11th Armor Division of General Patton’s Third Army. Chet talks about the challenges of simply living through the coldest nights and deadly days with his buddies.
But perhaps the most horrifying experience he shares with us, is when he participated and lived through the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp where he witnessed the Nazi atrocities inflicted upon innocent civilians and tells their story to the world.
The Siege of Bastogne
The Germans asked “Surrender”
The answer was, “NUTS”
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Executive Producer/Intro: Pete A. Turner
Producer: Damjan Gjorgjiev
Writer: Bojan Spasovski