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 will be sold as well (jeeps, trucks, etc.).
The history of army surplus dates back to the Civil War. Which was the first war that required proper uniform for many troops. Before this troops where basically a militia wearing whatever they had with them. To keep up with the demand the military's on both sides mass produced wears and arms. After the war, to recoup some money they sold the supplies in stores. Thus the military surplus store was born.
Bannerman founded and owned "Bannerman's surplus". His surplus company was one of the largest ever to exist. He even built a massive storage facility on Pollepel Island to store all of the surplus.
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