"...I heard that Bren stands for BRno +ENfield as a combo of Czeck and British heads!
Apparently the original weapon was a Czech design in the early '30s, the Enfield people just took a licence, reworked it for .303" and made it their own (I'll bet they didn't bother to renew the licence when the ownership changed in 1938 :? ).
It seems odd that such a quintessentially 'British' weapon as the Bren was originally Eastern European, but there you go.
Brens, I love 'em
(So, if anyone has a spare that ther don't want and can get it to me, I'm sure I can give it a good home - just don't tell Princess Tony or the Plod)
The Truth IS Out There, The lies are in your head. (T. Pratchett - 'Hogfather'))