Universal Carrier 1936-48: The 'Bren Gun Carrier' Story by David FletcherUniversal Carrier 1936-48: The 'Bren Gun Carrier' Story by David Fletcher

Universal Carrier 1936-48: The 'Bren Gun Carrier' Story

byDavid FletcherIllustratorTony Bryan

Paperback | June 12, 2005

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The Universal Carrier was a fast, lightly armed vehicle developed by the British Army to carry infantry across ground defended by small-arms fire, specifically the Bren light machine gun, hence the name 'Bren Gun Carrier'. This name would stick with the Universal Carrier and all of its future variants. This book details the Carrier, which was employed in a number of roles including carrying ammunition and towing anti-aircraft guns and trailers. All Allies used the Universal Carrier extensively during practically every World War II campaign. By the war's end, the Universal Carrier had proved itself to be an invaluable and successful cross-country vehicle that was both agile and fast for its time.
David Fletcher was born in 1942. He has written a number of books and articles on military subjects and is currently the historian at the Tank Museum, Bovington, UK. He has spent over 40 years studying the development of British armoured vehicles during the two World Wars.
Title:Universal Carrier 1936-48: The 'Bren Gun Carrier' StoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 9.43 × 7.21 × 0.13 inPublished:June 12, 2005Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1841768138

ISBN - 13:9781841768137

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An iconic British military vehicle gets the Osprey treatment. I am a model-maker and I have always had a fondness for the Universal Carrier. Osprey's work does a wonderful job in illustrating the history of this vehicle, the variety of the roles it was used for, and the various campaigns it served. Some of the possible projects that used the carrier as a basis certainly raised my eye brows! Great illustrations and photos that will inspire model makers, while overall this book will give a glimpse of the development of mechanised warfare.
Date published: 2017-01-23

Table of Contents

Introduction · Design and development of the Carrier · Operation · Active service · In combat · Foreign variants and service · Post-war service · Bibliography · Colour plate commentary · Index

Editorial Reviews

"For Allied/Commonwealth modellers the Universal Carrier has always been a popular subject. Bearing in mind the paucity of good reference books and only one 1/35th kit of the subject, this new book from Osprey Publishing comes into the 'sight for sore eyes category' -- a truly welcome addition...." -Jim Rae, Armorama (May 2005)