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.
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The anniversary of the 1985 killing of MAJ Arthur Nicholson by a Soviet sentry was marked again this year near the spot where he was shot outside Ludwigslust in Germany. A ceremony organized by USMLM veteran SFC (ret) Thomas Favia (USMLM 1989-1991) remembered both Nicholson and French Mission Officer Philippe Mariotti on March 20th at 10:00 am at the memorial site near the village of Techentin.
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“In the corner two Army counterintelligence NCOs sat at a table opposite a modest and rather scruffy young man in a black windbreaker. The incredulous looks on the sergeants’ faces, their occasional guffaws, and body language indicated stunned disbelief at the story they were hearing. Periodically they gasped at his tale. The young man was a Marine, Lance Corporal Montague, and I would never forget him.”
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