Enlisted as 2nd class in the hunters on foot (1916), he ended the war as a sergeant, with four citations.
After leaving Saint-Maixent (1921), he crossed the Sahara for fifteen years.
Captain (1930), graduate of "Languages O", he entered the War College in 1937, battalion commander (December 1939), he was sent as a professor of strategy and tactics to the Bogota War College in April 1940.
Joined the Free French Forces in 1940, he served on General de Gaulle's staff.
Promoted to lieutenant-colonel (December 1940), he became General Catroux’s Chief of Staff (July 1941).
Colonel (October 1941), commander of Eastern Syria, he was given command of the 2nd Colonial Brigade (January 1943).
Brigadier General (June 1943), he took command of the 1st DFL (August 1, 1943).
He played a role in the campaigns of Tunisia, Italy and France.
He was accidentally killed in Champagney, in Haute-Saône (November 20, 1944).
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