The book "Berliet, Chaimite and UMM - The Great Portuguese Military Vehicles", by Pedro Manuel Monteiro, is unique and original in the Portuguese editorial panorama. It will be published by Contra a Corrente.
We already knew for long that the great national military vehicles’ life would be subject of a book. The challenge was: what kind of book? Because their history was so long, fascinating, polemic and full of secrets. Loved by some, hated by others, the Berliet-Tramagal trucks, the armored Chaimite and the Cournil and UMM Alter jeeps fulfill missions both in war and in peace and were exported to different parts of the world. Their image is familiar far beyond the military headquarters, even among simple citizens that weren’t in the army. The national military History necessarily covers these names. They belong to the country’s history most fascinating decades.
This book is all about the history and the secrets of these great vehicles, but also those who made them, used them in tough conditions and those who preserve them for the future generations.
Pedro Monteiro recovers the memories and historical episodes from all the military vehicles build or assembled in Portugal. An opportunity to tell much more than just about machines. This is also a book about the key moments of our History, that many readers experienced themselves like the Colonial War, the April Revolution and the PREC (acronym for Revolutionary Process in progress).
The partnership between Duarte Ferreira and Berliet in Tramagal. The industrial spying case behind the Chaimite. The Tramagal prototype of a half-caterpillar vehicle. The war and peace operations all over the world. The Brazilian and South-Africans interest in the Chaimite. The role of the Berliet and the Chaimite during the 25th April uprising and the 25th November counterattack. The UMM history told by their founders. The last military order at Tramagal. The Dutch’s military Cournil. Pinochet’s interest regarding the Portuguese jeeps. The Chaimite farewell in Kosovo and Lithuania. The plants’ destiny. This book also includes the Pandur’s 10 years history, from its manufacture to its use in Portugal and abroad.
A book based in the people and the locations. More than 40 testimonies from who designed and build these vehicles, but also from overseas fighters and participants in the 25th April Revolution, the PREC and the peace missions abroad, including two exclusive reportages in Kosovo and Lithuania.
This is a prestige edition, limited to 750 numbered copies with 144 pages, densely illustrated with archive and actual pictures. According to the concept presented and the contents proposal, the book “Berliet, Chaimite and UMM – The Great Portuguese Military Vehicles” will be printed in a slightly quadrangular format (290 mm x 260 mm), in couché paper of higher weight (170 g), and hard cover.