Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

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Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by Matt Slade » Wed May 01, 2019 12:55 am

Hi all

Sorry if this is a daft question. I’ve just put some Warlord Bren carriers together for North Africa. They have the option of adding a pintle mounted AA Bren in the back of the vehicle but also have the Bren in the front of the vehicle as well. I’ve found pics of Boyes ATRs out front and Brens in the back but not Brens in both positions.

Any advice please?

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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by Truscott Trotter » Wed May 01, 2019 1:06 am

Yes they did - but they were ONLY used in AA role so not often pictures together - unlike wargames rules that allow you to fire both
They also carried Vickers MMG (specialised MG units)
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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by Matt Slade » Wed May 01, 2019 12:17 pm

Thanks for that. So the carriers listed in CoC would only have the one which would be removed if the chaps debus like most carrier type vehicles?
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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by Seret » Wed May 01, 2019 9:53 pm

Officially they were only issued one Bren. But having said that, carriers were often heavily modified and served as everything from armoured ambulances to heavy weapons platforms, so you can probably find a picture of one packing any weird combinations of weapons you like. Any carrier that had two Brens on board would be because they'd "acquired" a second one from somewhere.

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The standard carrier you'll use in a CoC game comes with one Bren gun and it can also have either a 2" mortar or a Boys/PIAT. When the lads debus they take whatever weapon(s) the boss tells them to.

You'd be unlikely to see a Bren gun in the AA mount when they were expecting action against enemy infantry, but it was very common on the march.

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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by Truscott Trotter » Wed May 01, 2019 11:01 pm

Yes I have yet to read or see a picture of someone using the AA Bren against a ground target - unlike in Bolt Action!
You would be extremely exposed if you did - its not like firing an AAMG on a tank turret.
I would stick with one in CoC unless house ruling air

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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by Matt Slade » Thu May 02, 2019 12:00 am

Thanks for the help.
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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by redmist1122 » Thu May 02, 2019 4:42 am

What about the LRDG dudes in Bren carriers...I'm sure those lads were outfitted like the road warrior.
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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by poiter50 » Thu May 02, 2019 5:43 am

LRDG never ran Carriers.

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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by Truscott Trotter » Fri May 03, 2019 5:18 am

Yup.chevy trucks etc

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Re: Did Bren carriers ever carry two Bren guns?

Post by BaronVonWreckedoften » Fri May 03, 2019 6:50 am

Presumably, if you knew you were going into action against a ground-based enemy, you could remove the AA Bren from its mounting and use it from the rear of the vehicle?

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