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Universal Carrier 1936-48: The 'Bren Gun Carrier' Story (New Vanguard)

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    David Fletcher(Author) Tony Bryan(Illustrator)

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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.

"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)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)""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)""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)

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  • By ERNUST FELIX on 6 September 2017

    Interesting read and viewing.

  • By Simon on 13 November 2016

    This is a very slim work indeed even by Osprey standards. Frankly you'd not do much worse reading the Wikipedia article. Nothing on carriers such as the T16 (yes, I suppose the clue might be in the name of the book, but given that everyone calls universal carriers bren gun carriers anyway it would be a bit cheeky to say the T6 was excluded because its not a universal carrier). A bit on operational use and a bit on the vehicle itself but nothing in much detail. I doubt there are enough pictures to interest modellers much . No way I would have bought it if I had looked at it first in a real bookshop.Two stars just because there's not a lot else out there.

  • By FG on 5 September 2013

    If you only wanted to buy one book on the subject, this publication is probably sufficient. It is a good general read with several pages of coloured artwork. The balance is towards giving working examples of carriers with particular units, for which a good working knowledge of armies' structures is probably needed. This probably suits many readers who will also presumably be model-makers and will enjoy having the individual unit details provided to consider or use for making models of carriers. The reader also needs to have a good working knowledge of theatres, campaigns and battle outcomes but that is probably a given.The book is not strong on design, construction, or the manufacturing in quantity by various manufacturers, which must have been a considerable task? How well did the Ford V8 perform between any services or was it a case of replace rather than repair? Some more personal recollections of carrier drivers, even if only a couple of paragraphs would have amplified the driving experience, particularly about turning a carrier about which I found the text a bit brief.

  • By Guest on 6 May 2015

    Well written and informative with plenty of photographs and so good illustrations. Sold at a good price and quickly delivered. A very useful book to have in my WWII library. Very pleased.

  • By MA Quinn on 26 April 2016

    The illustrations alone make this book a "must have" if you want to model a universal carrier. The text is clear and easy to follow. The main variants are all here. Superb value.

  • By Graham Buddery on 5 September 2016

    Good interesting read. I like the New Vanguard Series. They are easily readable and give the required information on the vehicle.

  • By L Hinton on 4 January 2016

    Excellent. Grandad learned to drive in one of these before ever getting in a car. He called it "fantastic".


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