The Cold War Wilderness of Mirrors

Counterintelligence and the U.S. and Soviet Military Liaison Missions 1947-1990

Aden Magee

The untold story of the Soviet Military Liaison Mission (SMLM) in West Germany and the U.S. Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) in East Germany.
Publication date:
September 2021
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Casemate Publishers
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ISBN : 9781612009933

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• First ever comprehensive history of both the U.S. and Soviet Military Liaison Missions undertaken during the Cold War
• Explores how the MLMs were a microcosm of global strategic intelligence during the Cold War
• Author was commander of counterintelligence element in West Germany during the Cold War, making him uniquely able to tell this story
• This will appeal to all those interested in the Cold War, and in the history of intelligence and counter-intelligence

This book details the Soviet Military Liaison Mission (SMLM) in West Germany and the U.S. Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) in East Germany as microcosms of the Cold War strategic intelligence and counterintelligence landscape. Thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Soviet and U.S. Military Liaison Missions are all but forgotten. Their operation was established by a post-WWII Allied occupation forces' agreement, and missions had relative freedom to travel and collect intelligence throughout East and West Germany from 1947 until 1990.

This book addresses Cold War intelligence and counterintelligence in a manner that provides a broad historical perspective and then brings the reader to a never-before documented artifact of Cold War history. The book details the intelligence/counterintelligence dynamic that was among the most emblematic of the Cold War. Ultimately, the book addresses a saga that remains one of the true Cold War enigmas.


Meticulously researched and incisively written, Magee provides an unprecedented survey of the counterintelligence war between the US and the USSR from the strategic level down to the countrysides of West and East Germany where the MLMs operated. He uses never before seen information to objectively analyse how both sides operated and tried to thwart their opponent's effort … The Cold War Wilderness of Mirrors is Cold War history at its best.
James Stejskal, author of Special Forces Berlin: Clandestine Cold War Operations of the US Army's Elite, 1956-1990