Nikolai Golovin

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Golovin, Nikolai Nikolaevich


Born Nov. 22 (Dec. 4), 1875, in Moscow; died 1944 in Paris. Russian military historian, lieutenant general (1917). Born into the family of a general.

Golovin graduated from the Corps of Pages in 1894 and from the Academy of the General Staff in 1900. He was a professor at the Academy of the General Staff from 1908 to 1913. During World War I (1914–18) he was chief of staff of the Seventh Army (1915–17) and of the Rumanian Front. After the October Revolution he emigrated to France, where he joined the right wing of the white emigration. During World War II (1939–45), he actively collaborated with the Hitlerites and was condemned to death by the Resistance Movement, but he died suddenly. Golovin’s works on the service of the General Staff and on the history of World War I contain a great deal of factual material and have not lost their significance.


Sluzhba General’nogo shtaba, fasc. I. St. Petersburg. 1912.
Iz istorii kampanii 1914 na Russkom fronte, vols. 1–3. [Paris] 1926—36.
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