Corporal George Netherwood (left)
and Private W.L. Soderberg (right)
with Bren guns, Private Earl
Israel (rear), October 1943,
by Terry F. Rowe. Department of
National Defence / National Archives
of Canada, PA-141306.
Bren Gun is spoken of with affection by
every British soldier who ever used one,
and with good reason. Beyond any doubt it
was . . . the finest light machine gun ever
adopted in quantity by any army. It was
reliable, robust, simple and accurate, and
beyond that no one has a right to ask."
(Ian V Hogg, The Encyclopedia of Infantry
Weapons of World War II, 1977) The Bren
was ubiquitous in British and Commonwealth
armies, used in rifle sections and in Universal
(Bren gun) carriers.