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The Universal Carrier, also known as the Bren Gun Carrier, was a family of light armored tracked vehicles that saw widespread use by British Commonwealth forces during World War II. Derived from the 1920s Carden-Loyd tankette, from its introduction in 1940 the carrier served in a variety of roles such as troop transport, logistics, support weapon platform and artillery tractor.
The vehicle is one of the most manufactured armored fighting vehicles in the world, with over 113,000 units produced. In addition to the Commonwealth, the UC was delivered to other allies under the "Lend Lease" agreement, and was used by China, Soviet Union, and Free French Forces.
— In-game description
The vehicle can seat players; the driver, operating the vehicle from the hull front-right; the gunner, using the Bren Gun from a raised ring mount behind the driver; and a passenger, sitting to the left of the gunner. The machine gun can rotate 360°, and has infinite ammunition but may overheat after prolonged use.
Due to its caterpillar tracks, the Universal Carrier is slower than the Kubelwagen but has some distinct advantages; first, the vehicle performs better off-road, and although it cannot crush cover like stone and sandbag walls, it less likely to become stuck on rocks or in ditches thanks to track-ground contact; second, it can turn on the spot allowing for manoeuvring in tight spaces; and third, it can tow stationary weapons. Despite the appearance of armor protection the driver and passengers in the open top hull are still highly vulnerable to small arms and explosive damage, and its lower speed can make dodging enemy fire more difficult.
Previews of the map Al Sundan show a version of the Universal Carrier that seats four, with an additional Bren Gun mounted in the front passenger compartment beside the driver.
The Universal Carrier appears in Firestorm, spawning randomly on the ground around Halvøy. It is largely unchanged from its multiplayer rendition, with the Firestorm-specific limitations of fuel, inability to be repaired, and only 150 rounds available to the on board machine gun.