The British Commanders'-in-Chief Mission (BRIXMIS) to the Soviet Forces in Germany (GSFG) was formed on 16 September 1946 under the Robertson-Malinin Agreement between the chiefs of staff of the British and Soviet forces in occupied (east) Germany. The agreement called for the reciprocal exchange of liaison missions in order to foster good working relations between the military occupation authorities in the two zones.
Similar agreements were made the following year by the Soviets with the French (FMLM) and the Americans (USMLM). For unexplained reasons the agreements differed significantly as BRIXMIS was allowed to have almost as many liaison staff in the Soviet Zone as the other two missions combined. The agreements remained in force until 2 October 1990 when all three missions were deactivated on the eve of Germany's reunification.
For the first 2-3 years BRIXMIS was part of the Control Commission Germany (CCG) and the military personnel were paid by the FCO and were registered with CCG (See example on the Photo’s Page).
The original BRIXMIS charter in 1946 included the following tasks:
- Repatriation of POWs, displaced persons and deserters.
- The search for war criminals and their extradition.
- Graves registration.
- Settling of border disputes.
- Anti black market operations.
- Passage of information between the Soviet and British Commanders-in-Chief.