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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.

Colonel Lawrence Kelley (USMC ret.) Reports from BRIXMIS Memorial Dedication

brixmis-memorial-alrewas-17sep2016On Saturday, 17 September 2016, the BRIXMIS Association conducted a dedication ceremony for the BRIXMIS memorial that now stands at the UK’s National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas (north of Birmingham and almost in the exact geographic center of England).





USMLM Reunion and Dinner Set for 29 April 2017

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Nicholson and Mariotti Not Forgotten in Ludwigslust, 2016

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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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Synopsis of official report on 1985 shooting of LTC Nicholson 


January 2016 Newsletter at Members Only Page



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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.