Disposal of Surplus War Materials

November 30, 1943

Report Outline
Problem of Liquidating Surplus War Supplies
Disposal of Surpluses After World War I
Disposal of Surpluses After World War Ii
Special Focus

Problem of Liquidating Surplus War Supplies

Need for Congressional Legislation on War Surpluses

At The End of World War II the United States government will own vast quantities of war materials no longer needed for military purposes. Estimates of the value of the probable surpluses have ranged from a low of $25 billion to a high of $150 billion. The surpluses will include almost every conceivable article and commodity—some of little utility in a peaceful world; others in great demand by the civilian populations of the United States and other countries.

The value of the surplus of war materials at the end of World War I was compared by an official of the Budget Bureau, in testimony before a congressional committee, Feb. 18, 1943, with the probable value of the surplus at the end of the present war.

At the end of the last war [he said] we had surplus stocks worth at least $5 billion and at the end of this war we anticipate that we shall have at least $50 billion worth of supplies and equipment on hand, which will require intelligent management of the highest order not merely to insure the federal government against wasteful disposition of that inventory but even to prevent some serious impacts upon our peacetime economy.

ISSUE TRACKER for Related Reports
World War II Demobilization
Nov. 18, 1950  Conservation of War Materials
Jan. 04, 1946  Future of Light Metals
Jul. 21, 1945  Aid to Displaced War Workers
Dec. 06, 1944  War Veterans and Employment
Nov. 11, 1944  Reconversion of Agriculture
Jul. 28, 1944  Priorities in Demobilization
May 16, 1944  Termination of War Contracts
Jan. 17, 1944  Lend-Lease Settlements
Nov. 30, 1943  Disposal of Surplus War Materials
Nov. 11, 1943  Military Government of Occupied Territory
Oct. 22, 1943  Government War Plants
Sep. 27, 1943  Termination of War Controls
Aug. 21, 1943  Demobilization
Defense Budget
U.S. at War: World War II