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The Bren is a British light machine gun designed during the 1930s and adopted by the British Army and other Commonwealth forces in 1938, and used extensively during World War II. The Bren was based off the Czech ZB vz. 26, and had many similar characteristics, such as the top-mounted magazine and feed systems. During World War II, it was chambered in .303 British, the same as Lee-Enfield rifles, placed in a typically curved 30-round box magazine. It fired at a rate of fire of around 500 rounds per minute, with an effective range of around 550 meters.

Battlefield 1942[]

"This light machine gun of Czechoslovakian origin is a powerful yet versatile weapon for the British Infantry. Introduced into the British Army in 1937, it is effective in both anti-troop and anti-aircraft roles. This gun is accurate, reliable and heavy-duty, making it an ideal companion on the battlefield."

— World War II Anthology Edition Manual, Bren Light Machine Gun

The Bren LMG is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1942, introduced in the Secret Weapons of WWII expansion and issued to the British Commandos Assault. It has a 30-round magazine, decent power and range, and fair accuracy. It uses the same projectile as the BAR 1918, and so has the same damage, but with a better rate of fire, higher accuracy, and a larger magazine, however, if fired beyond 50 meters, its damage decreases gradually to half damage around 100 meters. When the player is prone, the Bren suffers no accuracy penalty when fired, making it perfect for suppressive fire and maximal accuracy for medium-long range engagements.


Battlefield V[]

"The British built this light machine gun based on a Czechoslovak design. It had a top-mounted magazine which gave it a distinct look. It was very popular with the troops."

— In-game description

The Bren Gun is a weapon featured in Battlefield V, first appearing in the Battlefield 5 Official Reveal Trailer.


The Bren Gun is the starting weapon of the unnamed player character controlled during the 1944 section of the prologue My Country Calling.


The Bren Gun is issued to the Support kit at class rank 8. The Bren offers superior accuracy and controllability, with an above-average magazine capacity of 30 rounds. As such it is best suited to medium-long range engagements, as at close range it can easily be outdamaged by faster-firing weapons - something that cannot be remedied with specializations as the Light Bolt upgrade is not available. The low fire rate also helps control the weapon's recoil, which while still moderately easy to control on its own, the weapon still benefits greatly when shooting supported by a bipod.

Specializations therefore focus on further improving the Bren Gun's capabilities at distance and recoil reduction. Rank 1 upgrade Quick Reload, and Rank 3 choice between Slings and Swivels and Quick Aim, seek to enhance responsiveness. Rank 1 Ported Barrel and Rank 2 Recoil Buffer can be selected concurrently to lessen recoil, to 0.528 vertical and 0.100 horizontal. Finally, Rank 2 Barrel Bedding boosts stationary accuracy, while the final choice between Improved Bipod and High Velocity Bullets both increase effectiveness against long range targets.

A major downside to the Bren, a trait shared with the Madsen MG is that its obstructive magazine will hinder aiming down side perception. However. At the cost of some handling, A scope may be placed which completely rectifies the hindered perception and allow full view.


Vehicle Mounted Bren Gun[]

A version of the Bren Gun with a pan magazine is also featured as the top gunner weapon on British ground vehicles, namely the Churchill Mk VII, Churchill Gun Carrier, Valentine Mk VIII, Staghound T17E1, M3 and Universal Carrier. It features a slower rate of fire than the German equivalent MG 34. The weapon is also use as the rear gunner's defensive armament on the Blenheim Mk I and Mk IF bombers, although in this role the Bren has a much higher rate of fire.

Battlefield 2042[]

"This full-auto British assault rifle runs the same cartridge as the BAR 1918 and features a top-mounted magazine."

— In-game description

The Bren LMG is a weapon featured in Battlefield Portal for the Battlefield 1942 section and was added in Battlefield 2042: Master of Arms.



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