Nikolai Nikolaevich Golovin was born on March 5, 1875 in Moscow in the family of Lieutenant General Nikolai Mikhailovich Golovin, a member of the First Sevastopol Defense. In 1885 Golovin got into His Imperial Majesty's Corps of Pages. Already in 1892, Nikolai Golovin entered the military service. Two years later he was promoted to officer. In 1896 he began to engage in scientific activities, studied at the Nikolaev Academy of the General Staff, from which he graduated in 1900 and was promoted to staff captain. He served on staff in St. Petersburg. He served in 1905 in the Life Guards Cuirassier of His Majesty's regiment in Tsarskoe Selo, where he married Alexandra Nikolaevna Soroko . From the end of 1905 to June 22, 1910, Golovin served as head of the movement of troops in the Petersburg - Dvina region. He also taught at the Nikolaev Academy, was an ordinary professor. Worked on assignment in France with his local colleagues like Brigadier General Foch. As a colonel, on January 7, 1914, Golovin was appointed commander of a separate 20th Finnish Dragoon Regiment (XXII Army Corps) and went to Vilmanstrand (modern Lappeenranta) in the Vyborg province. During the First World War, he participated in the battles on the South-Western Front.¹

IHe caught the coup in October 1917 on the Romanian front. In 1918, Golovin went abroad and became an assistant for military affairs to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sazonov. During 1919, Nikolai Nikolaevich negotiated with the allies on the provision of military assistance to the White Army and the Kolchak government. He was also engaged in similar work in Japan during the defeat of the White Guards in the East. Further, in 1920 he moved to France. In emigration, Golovin was engaged in military science: he was a teacher at the French Military Academy, a professor at the Russian Faculty of History and Philology at the University of Paris, a member of the Russian Academic Group, an official representative of the Hoover Military Library in Paris (1926–1940), a teacher at the Stanford University and Military College in Washington (1930-1931). On March 27, 1927, Golovin opened the Foreign Higher Military Scientific Courses (ZVVNK) in Paris in the Hall of the Gallipoli Union with his lecture. In 1931, a department of these courses appeared in Belgrade, which worked until 1944. For two years, from 1936 to 1938, General Golovin edited the Informant magazine. He was also an active member of the ROVS and worked in the Association and the Russian Military Unions (OR V S) since 1938 . During the German occupation in France from 1942 to 1943, he headed the Association of military organizations in France . He also maintained close cooperation with the Office of Russian Emigrants (UDRE). He supported the creation of the ROA and met in Paris with Major General Malyshkin, the closest assistant to General Vlasov. Golovin also developed the "Charter of the internal service of the ROA" and the draft "Regulations on the field command of the troops of the ROA". In 1943, Golovin's wife died, and his son Mikhail served in the Royal Air Force of Great Britain and was outside France. Left all alone, on January 10, 1944, after acute pneumonia, General Nikolai Nikolaevich Golovin died in his Parisian house.²
Nikolai Nikolaevich Golovin (1875-1944)
Nikolai Nikolaevich Golovin
[1] Grebenkin, Igor’. “Golovin Nikolay Nikolayevich.” Obshchestvennaia Mysl’ Russkogo Zarubezh’ia : Entsiklopedia, 2009, pp. 263-266.
[2] Aleksandrov, Kirill. “‘Zhelaiu Lish’ Odnogo - Prinesti Pol’zu Nashei Vozrozhdaushcheisia v Mukakh Rodine’. Zhizn’ i Sud’ba Generala Golovina.” Trudy I Mezhdunarodnykh Istoricheskikh Chtenii, Posviashchennykh Pamiati Professora, General’nogo Shtaba General-Leitenanta Nikolaia Nikolaevicha Golovina : Iskhod Na Yuge Rossii i Nachalo Gallipoliyskoi Epopei Russkoi Armii: 90 Let: 1920 - 2010, Sankt-Peterburg, 27 Noiabria 2010 Goda., 2011, pp. 5–18.
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