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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.

USMLM Reunion and Dinner Set for 29 April 2017

Confirmed 46 Attendees as of 1 Feb. Names on Members Page.  

Both association members and non-members are invited.  Help us get the word out.


USMLM Members Bring Christmas to a Soviet Veteran of SMLM

sidorenko-and-chair-2-compressedOn 20 December 2016, former SMLM driver Sergei Sidorenko got his Christmas wish.

See also COL Andrei Tarasov (Belorussian Army retired) letter thanking USMLM Association members for their help.  




FMLM to Mark Signing of Noiret-Malinin and Huebner-Malinin Agreements


marriotti-stone-picture-jan2017The French Military Liaison Mission Association invites former USMLM members to a commemoration on 22 March 2017, in Saint-Maixent l’Ecole, western France






Nicholson and Mariotti Ceremony in 2017

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SFC (ret) Thomas Favia (USMLM 1989-1991) has volunteered to organize and conduct a third annual remembrance ceremony for Major Arthur Nicholson and Adj Chief Philippe Mariotti at the Nicholson memorial site in Techentin, near Ludwigslust, Germany.  A ceremony will take place on Sunday the 19th of March 2017, at the memorial site at 10:00 Hours.

For more information follow the link.




Synopsis of official report on 1985 shooting of LTC Nicholson 


December 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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USMLM Members Only Page

 If you have forgotten the member password please contact the Association. (See “Get in Touch” below.)


In Search of USMLM Members!

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.

To protect member privacy, the association doesn’t give out personal information unless members agree to the release.


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.