TERRIFIC RESPONSE FOR SURPLUS PROPERTY
When, through the medium of The War Warmed Over column, the Roundup announced that plans
are being made to sell surplus Army property to I-B Theater G.I.'s, more than a ripple of interest was expected.
But the Roundup hardly anticipated it would give impetus to such a tremendous tidal wave of response.
Letters, Letters, Letters.
Questions, Questions, Questions.
So many that it is unfortunately impossible to answer them personally.
First of all, there's one point we wish to make absolutely clear:
THE SALE OF SURPLUS PROPERTY TO G.I.'S IS NOT YET AN ACCOMPLISHED FACT.
As War Warmed Over stated, plans are only in the formative stage. The Liquidation Commission,
the column reported, will not be set up for at least a month.
Your letters were invited for two reasons: (1) To ascertain your interest; (2) Through your questions,
to bring to light thorny problems to solve before the plan is placed in operation.
It has been explained to us that present plans are for every G.I. to have first priority on the
equipment personally used by him. Then second priority on property used by his unit. And, finally, on equipment used
by other organizations not purchased by its members.
The proposal now under consideration is for the equipment to be shipped free to the U.S., the G.I.
paying transportation only from the port to the place he designates it be delivered. Payment for the property will
most probably not be asked until receipt at home, for the equipment would be subject to import duty, export license
and several heavy taxes in India unless shipped out of India as Army property.
Public Law 457 requires equipment must be purchased only for personal use or for setting up your
It may not be purchased for resale, either in India or in the U.S.
Only probable limitation on the amount of property purchasable will be the size of your pocketbook.
No sales will be made until units are broken up, which will be determined, naturally, by the course
of the war.
As envisioned now, prices will be fixed by the Liquidation Commission, with a sliding scale of discount
for condition of the property.
You can see that there are many problems that must be worked out. It will take time and patience.
The Roundup will continue to keep you informed.