Cool, wasn't aware that each section only had one bren and one thompson, that very little. Was this because of the lack of thompons? did the number of automatics increase when the sten started to be used?
What he said. British and Commonwealth doctrine emphasised marksmanship over rate of fire more than some other nations. If you read George MacDonald Fraser's 'Quartered Safe Out Here', he states his disgust at being given a Thompson (which he promptly 'lost' in a swamp) instead of his rifle when he was promoted to NCO.
"You're a big man, but you're in bad shape. With me, it's a full time job." – Lt. Bromhead to Prince Dabulamanzi before the Battle of Rorke's Drift.