Military Liaison Missions post war occupied Germany

muckaroon1960
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Military Liaison Missions post war occupied Germany

Postby muckaroon1960 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:47 am

After the end of the Second World War agreements formed between the allied nations and the Soviet Union to allow deployment of small numbers of military intelligence personnel in the occupied zones of post war Germany. These missions were deployed from 1946 until 1990. The primary function of these missions was to allow each occupying force to monitor each others activities and to improve relationships.
These missions also played an intelligence-gathering role and the teams although based in West Berlin started their mission tours from their mission houses in Potsdam (East German territory). These missions ended in 1990 just prior to German reunification.
The liaison missions were free to roam around East Germany except for designated restricted areas. Considered untouchable either by the law or military personnel a small number of team members were involved in accidents or so called incidents that resulted in injuries or death which gave rise to military and political tension. These tensions were however reduced by the unseen role of the missions which although was an intelligence role confirmed any preparations for offensive actions which in turn could be counter measured or prepared against.

In March 1985, Major Arthur D. Nicholson was shot by a Soviet Army Sergeant whilst on Liaison duty and the only U.S. MLM Officer to die in the course of duty, though other British and French tour personnel had died earlier. The mission (which was meant to be Nicholson's last) was to photograph a Soviet tank storage building near Ludwigslust, 100 miles Northwest of Berlin. Nicholson stepped out of his vehicle and approached a building to photograph it when he was shot and fatally wounded. This led to a major diplomatic incident between the US and the Soviet Union. With claim and counter claim about the incident.

As well as my small collection of US Occupation medals I also have some post war occupation patches. These are probably all post war German manufactured.

Shaef (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force) patch in post war blue background. I believe the WW2 versions as worn by Eisenhower had a black background.
Shaef with Berlin Attachment.
US Military Liaison Mission Potsdam patch with 48 star flag. (50 star flag is from 1960 onwards).

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Tailgunnerdownunder
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Re: Military Liaison Missions post war occupied Germany

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:40 am

Again great work Paul on a very interesting thread. Nice patch as well. Regards Mark

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Re: Military Liaison Missions post war occupied Germany

Postby The Devils Bank » Wed Jul 10, 2019 3:11 pm

Very interesting :thumbsup:

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Re: Military Liaison Missions post war occupied Germany

Postby Andyb » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:38 am

Never knew :thumbsup: , another great thread n badge :ymapplause:

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