Hi , my name is Jens , I served in the NVA and was a "Leutnant".
My family has a brandenburg/prussian/german army tradition back to the 13th century.
I would like to count all the things , in my opinion showing that the NVA was more closer to the Wehrmacht and prussian traditions:
military parades ( BRD ?????????)
"Stechschritt" in NVA :"Exerzierschritt"
Officers : breeches, riding boots, officers belt , sabre (very close to Wehrmacht) and so the dagger ; "Feldbinde" , and note : the shoulder straps for officers ! (Bundeswehr?)
note : it is not common to compare the camouflage uniforms , because the NVA normally wears the "Dienstuniform" and that was very close to Wehrmacht.
but I agree that the "Flecktarn" is more closer to SS camouflage,
The NVA-helmet was a created for the wehrmacht , is not soviet influenced.
The Bundeswehr first uniforms are very "american" they changed later to an more "german" style , the NVA uniform was "german" from the first day.
Bundeswehr :barret is not really german tradition
both armies very strong influenced by their "big brothers" , weapons , etc.
note some other details : loosing the regimental flag, was punished with dissolving
the regiment ( and old prussian tradition)
eastgerman soldier swear an oath on the regimental flag , westgermans give an vow (solemn promise ? dont know the right word for "Gelöbnis") this is an very important difference.
see also "Wachregiment" , real german soldies wear marching boots!
some smaller details : see "Eichenlaub" on visor hat , is same as wehrmacht bundeswehr ("Heer") wears to sabres in it -- this is american style.
bundeswehr has NO "Paradeuniform". NVA has : complete with breeches,riding boots ,sabre , "feldbinde" etc like wehrmacht and imperial army.
both big brothers (USA and Sovietunion) declared the german armies for the best armies in the NATO / Warsaw Pakt.
the Bundeswehr wears some years ago an american style helmet , the new one is not "german" inspired. It is an modern helmet : "form follows function"
I am not a communist , but I served in the spirit of my family tradition and the tradition
of a brave and faithful german officer.
Sorry for bad english, but my school time is 22 years ago.