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Our online catalog of original Israeli army surplus, military products, T-Shirts, IDF equipment, and memorabilia. Our experts have selected the finest products available for you, original and high quality.
Our History – IMP, The Original Online IDF Surplus Store
Crazy Richard was started in 1978 by Andy Hauerstock, a new immigrant to Israel from Montreal, Canada. Originally situated in Kikar Atarim Tel Aviv, a few years later Andy moved the store to Dizengoff Center, the first and largest shopping center in downtown Tel Aviv, where it has become a landmark to locals and tourists alike over the years.
At the start of the internet revolution, Andy moved his inventory online and in 1995 he launched the first version of www.IsraelMilitary.com, the original online IDF Surplus Store (also known as IMP).
Since then, IsraelMilitary.com has evolved and undergone several upgrades, The last version of our website offers our customers worldwide the very best in eCommerce shopping features, and we continue our tradition of excellence in customer service.
Lately, We closed our "Crazy Richard" Store in Dizengoff Centre, in downtown Tel Aviv and moved all our operations online.
We are proud to boast many thousands of customers from every corner of the world, who return time after time to our online store www.IsraelMilitary.com (IMP).
As always, your questions, comments or special requests are always welcome, and we always would love to hear your feedback on our website!
About The Team
From our humble beginnings in 1978 until today, many dedicated individuals have given their invaluable contribution to our stores. In particular, we would like to mention:
Sgt. (Res) David Goodman, a volunteer to the IDF from New York, who served in the Golani Brigade. David holds degrees in Political Science and he is an expert in counter-terrorism research and policy.
Sgt. (Res) Tamir Sinai, who served in the paratroopers and who holds a Masters Degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Tamir currently lectures all over the world about counter-terrorism.
Mary, a Scottish girl who married an Israeli, and who worked with Andy for many years in the Kikar Atarim and Dizengoff Center stores.
Today, the name Crazy Richard and IsraelMilitary.com are both still owned and run by the family. To answer your questions, dispatch your orders and help you with any special requests, we are personally will assist you with whatever you need.
We continue to add many new items and products and continue to provide you with the best service and keep the connection between you, the IDF and Israel.
Andy always had a great love and patriotism for Israel, and combined with his vision, sociability and dynamic approach to life, he was a much-loved and well-known figure who is remembered by the many people whose lives he touched.
Andy was born in Budapest. His parents, survivors of Raul Wallenberg during WW2, escaped the Communist revolution and arrived in Montreal, Canada in 1956. He attended McGill University in Montreal, earning a number of degrees including an MBA in mathematics, physics, economics and Business Administration. Andy immigrated to Israel in 1977 where he served in the IDF as artillery and anti-aircraft sergeant. He was in charge of identifying incoming aircraft and had detailed knowledge of all types of aircraft…
The IDF always remained close to Andy's heart, and as well as opening the first and original IDF military surplus store, over the years Andy also adopted many "Chayelim Bodedim" – lone soldiers who have immigrated to Israel without their families, volunteering in the IDF.
Andy was well-read with many diverse interests and had many friends from all over the world. He was fluent in French, English, Hungarian, Yiddish, Hebrew, and German, and was often described by his friends as a "walking encyclopedia." Passionate, creative and forward-thinking, he designed many of our original T-shirt designs, some of which are still best-sellers 40 years later. Some of Andy's T-shirts have attained iconic status and versions and copies can be found all over the world – e.g. "Uzi Does It", "America, Don't Worry Israel Is Behind You", " My job is so secret -I don't even know what I'm doing ", etc. In fact in the industry, Andy was known as "King of the T-shirts."
Andy sponsored one of the very first Israeli baseball teams, and the Crazy Richard baseball team still operates to this day.
Sadly, after a long battle with cancer, Andy passed away in 2006. He is still very much missed. Andy's wife, children, and his loyal staff have continued in his footsteps and IsraelMilitary.com is still owned and run by the Hauerstock family.
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