Potsdam Mission: Memoir of a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer in Communist East Germany

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AuthorHouse, Mar 24, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 354 pages

Recently declassified information makes it possible for the first time to tell part of the story behind the Cold War intelligence operations of the U.S. Military Liaison Mission (USMLM) to the Commander of the Soviet Army in Communist East Germany. Intelligence collection often led to dangerous encounters with the Soviet and East German armies. On occasion, Allied officers and non-commissioned officers were seriously injured. Before it all ended with the collapse of the Iron Curtain, one French sergeant and one American officer had been killed.

Potsdam Mission traces the development of the author into a Soviet/Russian specialist and U.S. Army intelligence officer. The author then relates his own intelligence collection forays into East Germany by taking the reader on trips that include several harrowing experiences and four arrests/detentions by the Soviets

Finally, the author describes the challenges and rewards of interpreting at USMLM and comments on the important role played by the Mission in Cold War intelligence.

 

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I was stationed in west Berlin during the cold war (1981-1985), I had the opportunity to know one of the USMLM officers quite well. I went into Potsdam and was given the VIP treatment. However, this trip occurred about two weeks after US Army Major Nicholson was killed by a east German sentry, which unknowing to many almost tripped off world war III. This reading is gospel. These guys had a "very" dangerous job. They were spy's and they paid the price many times. God Bless all the USMLM officers and their courage. That assignment was the best I ever had in the US Air Force. Mike K., BCSO Instructor  

Contents

My First Clobber
3
United States Military Liaison Mission
14
Annapolis
35
Monterey
45
Teufelsberg West Berlin
55
American University
75
Vietnam
82
Georgetown and West Point
93
Passage Prohibited
169
Trash Runs
182
Project SANDDUNE
197
Deadman and Mud
207
Why Didnt You Run?
218
Interpreting 251
231
Qperations Cervine Twist
247
Looking Back
271

Get Your Steel Tempered
105
Hier wird geschossen
115
Sie haben einen neuen prasidenten
123
Chapter l2 Watcll For Signs the Soviets Might
133
Lock and Load
140
Halleluha Theyve Moved the Border
150
A Class on the U S Army
158
IIuebnerMalinin Agreement
285
Translation of KGB Approved
294
The Ideal Tour Officer and Tour
302
German Democratic Republic
308
About the author 527
327
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About the author (2008)

James Holbrook began his U.S. Army career as a private and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He served with the U.S. Military Liaison Mission in Potsdam, East Germany and West Berlin in 1976-1977.

Before the Mission assignment, Holbrook worked at all levels of intelligence—as an enlisted Russian linguist in West Berlin, commanding officer of an intelligence detachment in South Vietnam, and as an operational and strategic analyst in the Pentagon and Europe. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and several service and campaign ribbons.

The author holds BA and MA degrees from The American University and a PhD from Georgetown.

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