WWII British Denison Smock - The Denison smock was a coverall jacket issued to Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents, the Parachute Regiment, the Glider Pilot Regiment, Air Landing Regiments, Air Observation Post Squadrons, and other Commonwealth airborne units, to wear over their Battle Dress uniform during the Second World War.
The BREN has a well deserved reputation for reliability and dependability. It was derived from the excellent Czech ZB-26, which was used by German forces in WWII. The name BREN is a compilation of BR for Brno, Czechoslovakia, (where the design originated) and EN for Enfield, England, where it was built under license. The MK1 was chambered in .303 British and uses a heavily curved magazine to offset the problems encountered when loading rimmed cartridges.
While the Canadian 3rd Division troops had been in battle in France for almost 3 months, the Canadian 1st Division had landed in Italy from Sicily almost one year before, on the 3rd of September 1943. The 48th Highlanders (Toronto) approached ‘The Gothic Line’ — the next German line of defence and the next grand battle.