Gustav Mannerheim has already appeared in this narrative. It was he who gave to General Wrangel, when Wrangel was travelling to St Petersburg from the south-western front, a first-hand account of the Revolution. Mannerheim had been in the capital during the March Days and had narrowly escaped arrest; he was to pass through it again in November. There can be no doubt that his experiencing both Revolutions at first hand decisively influenced his anti-Bolshevik viewpoint. Yet it cannot have been a simple matter, for the revolution left him enmeshed in a net of apparently conflicting loyalties, which admitted of no easy resolution.