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 Post subject: Mk1 BREN
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:44 pm 
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This here is a Mk1 BREN .303, manufactured by Enfield in 1943. One of the most reliable light machine guns of WW2 and was still in use by British forces during the Falklands War, albeit in 7.62mm calibre. This gun was displayed, mounted on it's tripod at last years V.E Day celebrations in St James' Park, London and was of great interest to visitors, including our Prime Ministers wife and children!
Again, this example is deactivated to UK standards.
A couple of photos of our display a St James' Park, for you viewing pleasure!
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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 BREN
PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:30 pm 
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What an outstanding display!
Many thanks for posting all of the pics.Image

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 BREN
PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:17 am 
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I have to echo Berkley's assessment, that is a wonderful display!

Are you part of a re-enactment group?

I have a 1943 Lithgow made Bren, the first gun I ever bought, at the tender age of twelve! I would never part with it.

There are some great images of gurkhas in Burma with Tommy guns, and Bren guns, laying in wait for the Japanese, I'll see if I can find them...


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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 BREN
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Thanks guys! The gear in the display belongs to myself and a good friend. We are members of the Military Vehicle Trust and the Invicta Military Vehicle Preservation Society.(I'll do some photos of the Thompson if you like?) My pal also owns the truck which is a very rare 1942 GUY ANT 15cwt (we also took this truck to the 75th anniversary of Dunkirk last year, but that's another story!) This vehicle is unique, being modified for a campaign in Norway, which never materialized.
It was a great 3 days in London, the best part was travelling from another friends house, where we stayed in London, to St James Park, using one of the river taxis on the Thames. We were both fully attired in WW2 British Uniform when a group of tourists joined us who instantly went quiet on seeing us; they turned out all to be German :wink:


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dodgydave wrote:
I'll do some photos of the Thompson if you like?

Yes, please! (and more about the Dunkirk anniversary, too 8) ).

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 Post subject: Re: Mk1 BREN
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Will do Berkley!


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