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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.

Former USMLM Chief, Colonel Paul Skowronek Passes

Unit Histories Now On Line at Members Only Page

Two Commemoration Ceremonies in Honor of LTC Arthur Nicholson: 22 March in Ludwigslust and 24 March at Arlington Cemetery.


This coming March marks the 30th anniversary of the death of then Major Arthur Nicholson, shot by a Soviet Army sentry outside Ludwigslust.  There will be two separate ceremonies held, one near the shooting in Ludwigslust Germany and one at the grave site at Arlington.  For more information follow the link.



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


March 2014 Nicholson Commemoration at Ludwigslust


Synopsis of official report on 1985 shooting of LTC Nicholson

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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USMLM Members Only Page

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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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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.