BRIXMIS

BRIXMIS is short for British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRIXMIS ) to the Soviet Forces in Germany. Military jargon is peculiar. It has its own web site so I can only  assume that its existence is no longer classified although some of its operations may well be. It has even been written up by Tony Geraghty so it must be. His in depth analysis is available from good book shops or Tesco. See Tony Geraghty's book BRIXMIS

It started life as a liaison outfit and evolved into an espionage operation, one of the few sources that we had on the wrong side of the Iron Curtain. The counter point to this was SOXMIS which means the Soviet Military Mission. We had to learn to tolerate it if not love it. They had their special cars with extra petrol tanks that could drive round picking up letters from dead letter boxes. They broke the rules but BRIXMIS mattered too much not to put up with them. SOXMIS has now made it into the Wiki.

BRIXMIS
The Association for former members of the British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission (BRIXMIS) to the Soviet Forces in Germany ... in-Chief Mission to the Soviet Forces in Germany (BRIXMIS) was set up on 16 September 1946 under the  Robertson-Malinin Agreement between the chiefs of staff of the British and Soviet forces in occupied Germany. It remained operational until  2 October 1990 when all three missions were deactivated on the eve of Germany's reunification.

 

Duke of Norfolk - Boss of BRIXMIS
They had fun and broke the rules. They even found the Russian ORBAT, which had been used as toilet paper. BRIXMIS did much better than MI6.

 

Britain's secret jet crash Cold War coup
BRIXMIS was heavily involved when a Soviet Yakovlev Yak-28 or Firebar crashed into a lake on its way in to Berlin Gatow but in British waters. They managed to get the radar which was rather special and this was important to our counter measures.

 

SOXMIS
Was  the SOXMIS Soviet Exercise Mission (Soviet Military observers in West Germany during cold war era) which we   tolerated. They had their special cars with extra petrol tanks that could drive round picking up letters from dead letter boxes. They broke the rules as well. BRIXMIS mattered too much not to put up with them.

 

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Updated  on  Sunday, 31 May 2015 21:56:49