Emigrated with his parents during the Civil War. Joined the Foreign Legion, served in Africa and Syria. During World War II fought under de Gaulle.
Many awards for bravery, including Commander of the Legion d’Honneur. With the French occupation forces in Germany, 1949-1952. On the staff of the Paris military district, 1952-1955.
Commander of a regiment of the Foreign Legion during the Algerian war, 1956-1958. Deputy Inspector of the Foreign Legion, 1959-1960. French military attache in Vienna, 1961-1963.
Wrote (in French) many books on military history, including his History of the Russian Army, 1967. Organized a unique department of the Imperial Russian Army at the French Military Museum in Paris (Hotel des Invalides). Active member of the Society of Russian Military History in France.
In the 1960s published (in Russian) an anthology of military poetry (Stokrat Svyashchen Soiuz Mecha i Liry).