Basin-shaped steel helmet painted olive green, and fitted with a string camouflage net. The helmet liner is multi-tongued leather, and the metal rim is faced with a green-painted padded leather bumper. The neck and ears of the wearer are protected by a green-painted leather enclosure, the ears having multi-pierced circular vents. This 'curtain' is secured around the man's jaw by a leather strap that features a double-ring friction buckle. Externally there are fitted two pairs of air vents, a pair each side of the helmet shell. The helmet net is of dark green twine and is secured to the helmet by several small metal hooks.
The East German paratroop arm were equipped with the Polish M1963 parachutist's steel helmet, which closely resembled a motorcyclist's helmet, and was used until the collapse of the regime. East Germany's only parachute-deployed force was 40. ('Willi Sängar') Fallschirmjäger Bataillon, a lightly-equipped formation trained mainly as a raiding force to be deployed in the rear of any enemy.