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Welcome to the United States Military Liaison Mission Association website.  The United States Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) has been called the most successful and productive intelligence collection organization of the Cold War era.  Established following the second world war, USMLM and its members performed a dual mission: liaison between the US and Soviet military forces in a divided Germany and intelligence monitoring of Soviet forces in East Germany.  Today, with many of the Mission’s operations and reports declassified, the Association’s website provides a place for members to share stories and chronicle both the mundane and heroic efforts of the Mission’s members.

Author Seeks Tour Officer Input for Possible Television Show

Are you a former USMLM Tour Officer who would like to tell your story as part of a forthcoming television special?  Go to the Members Only page to find out more.

Nicholson Commemoration at Ludwigslust Shooting Site is Well Attended

Group salute at Nicholson Memorial 23Mar2014A ceremony was conducted 23 March 2014 at the memorial established by the people of Ludwigslust  in memory of LTC “Nick” Nicholson, killed by a Soviet sentry near Ludwigslust, East Germany March 24, 1985.  The ceremony was organized by retired Army SFC Thomas Favia (USMLM 89-91) with special help from LTC Helge Stahn of the German Reserve Forces.


Read synopsis of official report on 1985 shooting of LTC Nicholson

In Search of USMLM Members!

If you are a USMLM or Allied Mission unit member (or family member), we’d like to hear from you. Looking for a former colleague? We’ll relay your message. Contact us to get started.

To protect member privacy, the association doesn’t give out personal information unless members agree to the release.


Featured Article


Commander John Fahey, Naval Member, May 1960 to June 1962 

John FaheyOn the night of Wednesday, November 22, 1961 Army train 349, packed with U.S. military personnel and dependents, departed West Berlin for a brief Thanksgiving holiday in West Germany.  En route through the Soviet zone when the train slowed rounding a bend, a young East German jumped to a window at the side of the train and boarded the train.  What happened next was the story of many people who attempted to escape from behind the iron curtain.


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USMLM Members Only Page

If you have forgotten the member password please contact the Association. (See “Get in Touch” below.)

Discover the real stories of the USMLM operations in East Germany during the Cold War. Explore authentic maps, first-hand accounts, and a detailed timeline of Cold War history.
What intrigue has this vehicle seen? Check out more of our first-hand images in our interactive gallery.
Read more on what was left behind, and take lessons as we move forward today.