Updated Sept 15, 2006

USMLM Association Library

This section is  a repository of articles, documents, and other
items of historical interest pertaining to the USMLM.
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  1. Crisis in Berlin:  "SOLDIER, why are you in Berlin?", VFW, By Stephen L. Bowman.  Includes USMLM despatches during the erecting of the Berlin Wall. 
  2. Alliierte Militärmissionen in Deutschland, 1946-1990, Mußgnug, Dorothee, Berlin: Duncker und Humblot, 2001.  ISBN 3-428-10403-X, Signatur: 68 C 1738.  (Zeitgeschichtliche Forschungen, Band 9), in German,  Price: DM78.00.  247 pages, incl. extensive notes, a bibliography (mostly German-language, some English-language sources), name index, and an appendix with the texts of the Robertson-Malinin, Noiret-Malinin, and Huebner-Malinin Agreements. The author is a professional historian.  Recommended by Col. Kelley.
  3. Military liaisons between Nato and the Warsaw Pact:  An Agenda for the Future, by John A. Fahey and Philip S. Gillette, Johns Hopkins University Foreign Policy Institute, Dec 8, 1988, reprinted on this site with permission.
  4. USMLM and the Cold War historical timeline (chronology)
  5. Soviet Forces in East Germany Order of Battle
  6. Maps of East Germany (DDR) - pre-1989
  7. Soviet Imposed Permanent Restricted Areas (PRAs) in East Germany.
  8. Soviet shooting and killing of an unarmed USMLM officer, LTC Arthur Nicholson Jr., RIP, on March 24th, 1985; links to DETROIT FREE PRESS citations.
  9. Soviet wounding of an unarmed USMLM non-commissioned officer on September 17th, 1987; links to DETROIT FREE PRESS citations.
  10. Cold War Intelligence: The United states Military Liaison  Mission in East Germany, 1947-90.  A 1994 M.A. thesis by Timothy Alan Seman of American University.  It is available through UMI Dissertation Services, Ann Arbor, MI.  Includes extensive bibliography. Go to  and just enter order number 1376129.  $29.95.  (Contributed by Col. (ret) Kelley)
  11. US-Soviet Military Liaison in Germany Since 1947.  A 1976 Ph.D. thesis written by Paul George Skowronek (CUSMLM, 1963-67) for the University of Colorado. Available through Xerox University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, MI. (Contributed by Col. (ret) Kelley)
  12. Recovery, by Steven L. Thompson, Warner Books, 1980, ISBN 0-446-51207-9 (Out of print ~ may be able to find a copy.  Enter title of book at menu below.)
  13. Potsdam Protocol, by Al Clovis, RIP, former Air Team Operations Officer, (Out of print ~ may be able to find a copy.  Enter title of book at menu below.)
  14. Escapee-hunt With "Gamma-cannon" -  Stasi X-ray All Transit Vehicles, Hamburger Abendblatt, 6 September 1990 [Translated into English from the original in German].
  15. Stasi : The Untold Story of East German Secret Police -- John O. Koehler, Jack Koehler; Hardcover/Softcover, March 1999, ISBN: 0813334098.  An excellent, well researched book by a seasoned correspondent.  Authoritive revelations about the Stasi. 
  16. Soviet attempt to shut down or restrict USMLM and other Missions in East Germanyand Berlin, Washington, April 6, 1962, FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES 1961-1963 Volume V, Soviet Union, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, DC. (Contributed by Douglass Mc Dowall)
  17. East German attacks against USMLM Potsdam house, Telegram From the Mission in Berlin to the Department of State/1/ Berlin, June 21, 1965, FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES 1964-1968 Volume XV, Germany and Berlin, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, Washington, DC. (Contributed by Douglass Mc Dowall)
  18. Traitors Among Us : Inside the Spy Catchers World by Stuart A. Herrington, July 1999 Presidio Pr; ISBN: 0891416773 (hint: copy & paste this number into the window below to order from Amazon).  Book has an interesting section on the Nicholson shooting.  The author relied on a great deal of personal experience and material acquired through FOIA. (Thanks Bob!)
  19. Cold War Legacy Resource Management Program, Public Law  No. 101-511, §8120.
  20. E.Germany Used Nuclear Tags on Dissidents, Reuters, Jan 3, 2001.  The Stasi developed an airgun that could fire tags made of small pieces of silver wire into car tires.
  21. A Cold Night in Erfurt, by Wolfgang Preisler.  The Soviet shootdown of a USAF T-39 trainer aircraft in 1964 and the USMLM effort to locate and recover the crew remains.
  22. Berlin Wall Flower, Barbara Fahey, 2000.  A non-fiction account of some of the author's experiences on both sides of the Berlin Wall, often facing difficult predicaments in a besieged West Berlin with humor and wisdom.  It contains chapters on the USMLM Potsdam House, Queen's Birthday Ball in Berlin, and The Baron, and nineteen photographs.  An enjoyable read.  B&J BOOKS, P.O. Box 4511, Virginia Beach, Va 23454 for $6.95, plus $2.25 S&H, and $0.31 sales tax for Virginia residents.  See more at Barbara's web site
  23.  Licensed to Spy: With the Top Secret Military Liaison Mission in East Germany, Dr. John A. Fahey, Naval Institute Press; ISBN: 1557502943, available in local book stores beginning on April 22, 2002 or order now from The author's web page is at
 Editorial Review:  John Fahey's firsthand account of his activities as a U.S. naval officer in East Germany during the Cold War is a must read for everyone who enjoys true-life spy stories. An astonishing tale of overt reconnaissance, high-speed car chases, shootings, and detentions, the book chronicles Fahey's two years in the midst of twenty-two divisions of Soviet troops behind the Iron Curtain. As a member of a military liaison mission established in a little-known 1947 agreement between U.S. and Soviet forces, the author was legally permitted to perform surveillance in East Germany and took advantage of the opportunity to conduct dangerous intelligence missions.
  24. Potsdam Mission: Memoir of a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer in Communist East Germany (Paperback), by James R. Holbrook.  Jim was a USMLM officer from 1976-1977.  See his website about the book at
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