Note on author:
According to the title-page the author is Aleksandrs Plensners, though the memoir was prepared for publication by M. Akmenajs. The first person sections in the text which have no other referent can be attributed to Plensners.
He seems to have been an eyewitness of many of the events described and encountered on at least one occasion Briedis and General Goppers. He was, it seems, once a participant; for he interrogated the Chekist Erdmanis, a former Latvian rifleman, when he fell into their hands. Where he did not personally witness the events which he recounts he made a point of consulting other survivors of the Latvian Riflemen.