East German (DDR) Fallschirmjäger Rain Drop Para Set
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East German (DDR) Fallschirmjäger Rain Drop Para Set

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East German (DDR) Fallschirmjäger Rain Drop Para Set

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.

Features :-

  • Parachutist set of Rain Drop (Strichtarn) camouflage jacket, trousers, assault vest with integrated belt rifle magazine and equipment pouches, two complete water bottles and cups, and field issue grey parachutist beret.
  • Jacket has concealed button front, knitted cuffs and collar, with  large concealed button down pockets to each upper arm.
  • Trousers have concealed button fly front, integrated elasticated stretch waistband and re-enforced knees button ankle closures, two large concealed button front cargo pockets, one on each leg, and button side slant pockets.
  • Parachutist field grey beret, DDR size - 2, comes with East German national roundel machine fitted to the front and parachutist rank badge fitted. This is adjustable in size at the rear, with a lace tie.
Hat/Beret/Cap Size
Size 56cm - 60cm - Open Back with Lace Tie
Webbing / Vest
Armpit to Armpit 25.5"
Total Length 26"
Jackets & Shirts
Armpit to Cuff 23"
Inside Leg 30"
Armpit to armpit 23"
Collar to Cuff 32"
Trousers
Total Length 44.5"
Waist 33"-39" - Fitted With Elasticated Waistband

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