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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.

New  Nicholson and Mariotti Commemoration Ceremony at Ludwigslust, 20 March 2016

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Photos of MAJ Nicholson and ADC Mariotti


SFC (ret) Thomas Favia, USMLM 1989-1991 has announced that a ceremony honoring MAJ Arthur Nicholson and Adjutant Chef Philippe Mariotti will be held 10:00 AM, Sunday, 20 March 2016, at the site of the monument to MAJ Nicholson outside Ludwigslust, Germany. This will be the third year in a row that members of the allied missions will meet to remember Nicholson and Mariotti.

For more information follow the link.





Synopsis of official report on 1985 shooting of LTC Nicholson 

View a film of the 2005 dedication of the Nicholson Memorial in Ludwigslust


New January 2016 Newsletter at Members Only Page



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.