Date of Birth: 01/23/1830
Participated in the march to Mexico and Puebla, he was seriously wounded. During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871 he commanded the French cavalry, and distinguished himself during the attack of German infantry September 1 at Fluane (Floing).
After Sedanskoy surrender before the end of the war he was in captivity; when peace is in command of a brigade of the Versailles troops during the siege of Paris and distinguished himself during the suppression of the Paris Commune.
In the 1872-1873 uprising suppressed in Algeria Arabs. Later he joined the Republican Party and became a favorite of Gambetta. Taking advantage of great influence, he conceived the plan of reorganization of the French cavalry, cavalry wrote a lot about the service, led by the big cavalry maneuvers, they also created, and tried his best to prepare for war cavalry. In 1879 he was appointed head of the Army Corps of 9 and chairman of the committee Cavalry. Thanks to his efforts improved wear in the cavalry, reduced luggage, it is better arranged set of recruits significantly raised cavalry officers education and improved housing.
In writing this article used material from the Brockhaus and Efron Encyclopedic Dictionary (1890-1907).