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Land Craft 3: Bren Gun Carrier (Paperback)

Britain’s Universal War Machine

Colour Books Military > Modelling Military > Weaponry WWII

By Robert Jackson
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Land Craft
Pages: 64
Illustrations: 200
ISBN: 9781526746436
Published: 7th October 2019


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One of the most versatile fighting vehicles in the British army and many other forces for a quarter of a century, the Universal Carrier – more popularly known by its original title of Bren Gun Carrier – was developed as a fast and agile infantry-support vehicle. In this volume in Pen & Sword’s LandCraft series, Robert Jackson traces its design and manufacturing history and describes its operational role throughout its long career.

The Bren Carrier served in every theatre of the Second World War, from northwest Europe, North Africa and the Soviet Union to the Far East. Then, with the war over, it was operated by many belligerents in a string of other conflicts around the world, including Israel’s struggle for independence and the war in Korea.

A selection of archive photographs showing the Bren Carrier in action gives a graphic impression of how adaptable it was and records the variety of equipment it could carry. The book is an excellent source for the modeller, providing details of available kits together with specially commissioned colour profiles which illustrate how the Bren Carriers used by different units and armies appeared.

As one of Airfix longest running kit. The Bren Carrier (with 6 Pounder Anti-Tank Gun) has been a favourite of modellers for many years. This book is an absolute must for the modeller to aid understanding and knowledge of the many variants of the Carrier.

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Vintage Airfix

.. this is a good insight and a good reference source that will appeal to historians and model makers who are looking for a general outline of this iconic AFV.

Tom Cole, Miniature Armoured Fighting Vehicles Association, September 2020

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Friends of Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life

Especially scale modellers and MV buffs will appreciate Bren Gun Carrier - Britain´s Universal War Machine, because it contains the best photos I have ever seen of many different scale models of the type. Several of the scale models also carry all kinds of equipment and some are part of magnificent dioramas.

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Lars Gyllenhaal

Overall, a really good introduction to the vehicle and a volume that bodes well for future titles in this series.

Militray Modelcraft International – reviewed by David Grummitt

Quality documentation that will delight vehicle modelers, historians and military researchers.

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Miniaturas JM

A brilliant book showcasing Britain's Bren Gun carrier - another one for scratch model makers.

Books Monthly

of great interest to modelers planning to build a Universal Carrier

AMPS Indianapolis

The more conventional history part of the book gives a good account of the development and production of the Carrier, the many variants that were produced, and how it was used in action. This section is supported by an impressive array of wartime photographs, which show just widespready use of the Carrier was, and how many varied roles it carried out.

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History of War

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FineScale Modeler

With two very popular series and a highly versatile subject it must have been hard for the publisher to decide which to select for this important subject. The Bren Gun Carrier was used in every theatre of WWII by both Axis and Allied forces. – Very Highly Recommended.

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"As a general concise outline of the vehicle this is a good insight and a good reference source that will appeal to historians and model makers who are looking for a general outline of this iconic AFV."


It is an excellent book which will give any model-maker the right preparation to make a top quality model.

Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

I have always appreciated this spartan but efficient vehicle, known as Bren Carrier, and this book will make us know what was a real workhorse for the British army during the Second World War.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

For my money this is an example of this often very useful series at its tip-top best. Reading it and perusing the images is inspiring me to build some more of these interesting little vehicles (I recently built the re-issued Airfix 1/76 kit, with 6pdr gun), whilst simultaneously inspiring and informing on the subject. Highly recommended.

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A Question Of Scale, Seb Palmer

For a modeller looking for a basic grounding and some modelling hints on what is available, then this one does that at a good value for money price.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The mix of contents has been well considered as far as scope goes and I strongly approve.

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Featured 'ON THE BOOK SHELF' by Neil Smith

Wargames Illustrated, October 2019

I had not appreciated how many variations of the Bren Gun Carrier evolved and how much of an unglamorous workhorse it was. This book offers a comprehensive history of the vehicle and as ever with this series of books the information for modellers is excellent.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Robert Jackson

ROBERT JACKSON is the author of over eighty books on military, aviation, naval and scientific subjects. He was defence and science correspondent for a major British newspaper publishing group. Among the other books he has compiled for Pen & Sword are on the Bf-109 in the FlightCraft series, whilst he has written extensively on the T-34, the Panzer I and II, the Centurion, and Chieftain main battle tanks, as well as the Russian T54/55, for TankCraft.

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