Curitiba (PR) – Located in front of the 20th Armored Infantry Battalion “Battalion Sergeant Max Wolf Filho”, symbolizing the specialty of this military organization, the M-59 “Bernardini” Armored Carrier was removed to be revitalized, and when ready, will return to its prominent position.
The M-59 model arrived in Brazil in 1960, through the Brazil – United States Military Agreement, being completely innovative in the ranks of the Brazilian Army, because until then all troop transportation, in armored vehicles, was based on the models received after the war. Its original concept contemplated, although limited, an amphibious operation capacity, and as a technological differential it had the periscope system and infrared device for driving at night or with the hatches closed. For its self-defense it was equipped with a hydraulic turret, armed with a Browning .50 caliber automatic machine gun. It also had a transport capacity for 10 soldiers.
The last units were deactivated from the ranks of the Brazilian Army in 1982, replaced by the M-113.
Source: 20th Armored Infantry Battalion