In 1960, four years after the founding of the East German army, the first paratrooper unit was formed from the 5th motorised rifle battalion (German: Motorschützenbataillons 5; MSB 5). On February 28, 1962, it was renamed as the 5th Paratrooper Battalion (German: Fallschirmjägerbataillon 5; FJB 5). The number 5 identified the affiliation with the 5th military district with headquarters in Neubrandenburg. The paratroopers were the smallest organization assigned to the land forces. The unit was seen in public for the first time on the occasion of the 1964 May day parade in East Berlin.
In 1969 the battalion was bestowed with the tradition-based name of "Willi Sanger", an anti-nazi resistance fighter and workers' sports devotee. In 1971 the battalion was renamed as the 2nd Paratrooper battalion (German: Fallschirmjägerbataillon 2; FJB 2) and then on November 8, 1972, it was renamed then 40th Paratrooper Battalion (German: Fallschirmjägerbataillon 40; FJB 40), under the direct command of the headquarters land forces, based in Potsdam.
Starting in 1981, a company of paratroopers from the battalion began guarding the headquarters of the Minister for National Defence in Strausberg. In 1986 this unit was expanded to form the Luftsturmregiment 40 (English: 40th Air Assault Regiment.)
The set is in strichtarn camouflage, a pattern developed in 1960. It was used by East Germany from 1965 to 1990, and was designed to be used in all seasons in central Europe.
|Size||56cm - 60cm - Open Back with Lace Tie|
|Webbing / Vest|
|Armpit to Armpit||25.5"|
|Jackets & Shirts|
|Armpit to Cuff||23"|
|Armpit to armpit||23"|
|Collar to Cuff||32"|
|Waist||33"-39" - Fitted With Elasticated Waistband|
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