Military surplus

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A military surplus shop in Haikou City, Hainan Province, China
Military surplus trucks

Military surplus are goods, usually matériel, that are sold or otherwise disposed of when no longer needed by the military. Entrepreneurs often buy these goods and resell them at surplus stores. Usually the goods sold by the military are clothing, equipment, and tools of a generally useful nature, as well as embroidered patches, name tags, and other items that can be used for a faux military uniform. Occasionally, vehicles (jeeps, trucks, etc.) will be sold as well.[1] Some military surplus dealers also sell military surplus firearms, spare parts, and ammunition alongside surplus uniforms and equipment.

Demand for such items comes from various collectors, survivalists, and players of airsoft and paintball, as well as those seeking high quality, sturdy, military issue garb. The goods may be used, or not. Some merchants of surplus goods also sell goods made privately but according to military specifications.

History[edit]

The history of army surplus in the United States dates back to the American Civil War.[2] This was the first large American war that required proper military uniforms for many troops.[citation needed] In earlier wars, most troops were basically a militia wearing whatever they had with them. This required mass-produced wears and arms for both sides. After the war, to recoup some money they sold the supplies in stores. Thus the military surplus store was born.

Francis Bannerman VI founded and owned "Bannerman's surplus".[3] His surplus company was one of the largest ever to operate. He built Bannerman's Castle, a massive storage facility on Pollepel Island in the Hudson River to store his goods.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "The World's Biggest Clearance Sale." Popular Mechanics, February 1955, pp. 89-93.
  2. ^ "Short History of surplus." Kaufman surplus
  3. ^ "The Bannerman empire." Antique Trader

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