Armored Personnel Carrier M59 at the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

This early M59 is fitted with the commander's cupola featuring vision blocks and an external mount for the .50cal MG. The trim vane on the front hull is also missing, but the mechanism for raising it remains. The driver's hatch is on vehicle's left side, and the prominent periscope guard on the driver's hatch is visible.

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Armored Personnel Carrier M59 at the US Army Ordnance Museum.

This M59 is fitted with the M13 cupola, but lacks the .50cal MG.

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Armored Personnel Carrier M59 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

This rear view shows the open escape hatch door in the rear ramp. The towing pintle is visible below the door, and to either side of the door are hooks for stowing a tow cable. Two five gallon (19L) cans were stowed on the rear of the left sponson, while on the right were pioneer tools.

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Armored Personnel Carrier M59 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

This is a shot of the later-production M13 cupola. The rear clamshell-like door is open, and the vision blocks can be seen near the base of the cupola. The guard for the M28 sighting periscope sits atop the forward half of the cupola.

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Armored Personnel Carrier M59 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The interior of the M13 machine gun cupola is visible here. The gray-colored handle was for elevation, and to the right of this is the guide chute for the .50cal ammunition. The M104A1 mount for the M28 sighting periscope is at the crest of the cupola body, and the horizontal white shaft behind the ammunition chute is the azimuth drive.

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Armored Personnel Carrier M59 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

This shot is facing forward into the body of the M59. When the benches were folded out of the way, a jeep could be driven into the passenger compartment. The drivetrain for the vehicle occupied the side sponsons, and left room in the passenger compartment for easy entry into and exit from the APC. The commander's seat is to the front right, and is facing towards the driver in this view. The commander's seat rotated with the machine gun in vehicles fitted with the M13 cupola. A spare M28 sighting periscope was stored in the upside-down L-shaped compartment to the right of the commander's station.

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Armored Personnel Carrier M59 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

Another interior view provides a look to the rear of the vehicle. The open escape hatch door and and open roof hatch are visible, as are the handrails running along the vehicle ceiling. The door release inner handle is to the right of the escape hatch door, and just to the right of this is the rear ramp safety lock. The latches above and to the right of the release handle are latching and safety detents.

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Armored Personnel Carrier M59 belonging to the Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor.

The driver was seated to the vehicle's front left, and his position is illustrated here. The adjustment mechanism for his seat is obvious on the rear of the seat post, and the pipe angling down from the roof was for refueling the vehicle. The silver-colored steering levers flank the instrument cluster, while the transmission controls are to the driver's right. Pertinent driving instructions are posted on the plate in front of the right-hand steering lever, and the accelerator pedal is visible below this data plate. The driver's M17 periscopes are not mounted in this vehicle, but the position of the forward periscope can be glimpsed just above the instrument cluster.

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