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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.

 Nicholson Commemoration Scheduled for March 2015 in Ludwigslust

alliierten-museum-arthur_nicholson_01This coming March marks the 30th anniversary of the death of then Major Arthur Nicholson, shot by a Soviet Army sentry outside Ludwigslust.  A month later in April is the 70th anniversary of the meeting on the Elbe of US and Soviet forces at the end of WWII.  These two events mark low and high points in the US-Russia relationship in the twentieth century and presage the wide swings that we have seen in this century as well.

Invitation for USMLM Veterans to Visit Potsdam on Margins of Nicholson Ceremony

Potsdam House 2COL Lawrence Kelley, USMC retired, (NavRep 1983-86), relays that Mr. Sven Slazenger, has extended an invitation to USMLM veterans to visit him at his residence down the street from the Potsdam House on March 21st, the day before the Nicholson Ceremony in Ludwigslust.

March 2014 Nicholson Commemoration at Ludwigslust

SSG (ret) Tom Favia and LTC Helge Stahn

SSG (ret) Tom Favia and LTC Helge Stahn

Read about the March 2014 ceremony that 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

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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.

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Featured Article

Lance Corporal Montague

By Col. Lawrence G. Kelley USMC (Ret.), NavRep 1983-86 

Lance Coporal Chevron“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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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.