The Birmingham Small Arms Company was founded in 1861 and has consistently played its rightful part in the armament and defense programmes of the United Kingdom.

In 1939, in support of the war effort, It built a new BESA gun factory at Redditch was planned, built, and put into operation with the first gun being fired within fourteen and a half months of receipt of instructions from the War Office to proceed with the work.

This booklet is a record of that factory build.

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