TUTOR: Peter Williams (CMG OBE)
For over four decades Berlin, surrounded by East Germany, was the focus of Cold War tension and the scene of an unending struggle between NATO
and Warsaw Pact countries to discover each other's secrets.
This course will cover Cold War espionage highlights and how the British, French and American garrisons maintained West Berliners' liberty.
It will look in depth at how the Allied Military Liaison Missions conducted a highly effective military intelligence campaign against the Soviet and East German armed forces in the German Democratic Republic.
Peter Williams spent six years in Berlin as an intelligence officer, serving in BRIXMIS, the British liaison organisation that operated with - and against - its Soviet counterparts in East Germany.
'BRIXMIS in the 1980s: The Cold War's Great Game', by Peter Williams; available on the Parallel History Project website www.php.isn.ethz.ch/collections
After studying History at Cambridge University, Peter Williams spent over 30 years in the Coldstream Guards and enjoyed an unusually varied career.
During the Cold War he specialised in intelligence, serving first in Berlin from 1973 to 1975 as a Regimental Intelligence Officer.
He then studied Russian and German before spending more than four years in the 1980s in Berlin and East Germany as an officer in the British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission to the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany (known as BRIXMIS), in effect working as a military spy.
In 1984 he
was awarded an MBE for his
success as an intelligence collector and analyst.
Ten years later he
was given an OBE for commanding his
battalion on peacekeeping operations in Bosnia during the civil war.
went on to complete three 6-month tours in the former Yugoslavia with the United Nations and NATO
His final posting was from 2002 to 2005 in Moscow, where he started up and led NATO's Military Liaison Mission to the Russian Federation, working on military cooperation projects, including defence reform and peacekeeping issues, with the Russian armed forces.
On leaving Moscow he
was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.
e retired from the Army
in December 2005.
now enjoys giving talks on cruise ships, to military academies, schools and summer schools and to charity audiences about the Cold War and other current and historical issues; these include talks under the Government-sponsored pro bono'Speakers for Schools' scheme.
also helps to train British military diplomats.
He is the Chairman of the BRIXMIS Association and was until 2013 the editor of The Guards Magazine , the in-house journal of the British Army's Household Division (Household Cavalry and Foot Guards).