The film is a memory of the war of the veteran, former mortarman and artilleryman Karl Janovich Rose. Part 1 Actor and director Andrei Stanislavovich Rostotsky talks to the veteran. Portrait of K.Ya. Rose. A. Rostotsky introduces A. Rose (behind the scenes), says that he was born in June 1925 in Moscow, drafted into the army in February 1943, fought in the Latvian regiment, then in the Latvian rifle division, was a mortarman, then an artilleryman. K. Ya. Rose talks (synchronously) about the beginning of the war, which found him a student at the Michurinsky Fruit and Vegetable College. He talks about his father, who was arrested in 1937, therefore, before his fifteenth birthday, he had to leave Moscow to avoid internment. K. Ya. Rose recalls that a week after the start of the war, the students were kicked out of the dormitory to organize a hospital in it, talks about the evacuation when he traveled on a freight train for nineteen days with almost no food. When K.Ya. Rose was drafted into the army, then, as a member of the family of a traitor to the Motherland, he could be sent to the workers' battalion. Part 2 K.Ya. Rosa humorously tells of a happy event that allowed him to avoid being drafted into a labor battalion. As a Latvian, he was sent to the Latvian Reserve Rifle Regiment. There he got on a hundred-twenty-millimeter regimental battery, was the commander of a mortar. K. Ya. Rosa sadly tells the story of a beautiful female nurse who died during the shelling. He recalls with a laugh how the soldiers made fun of the cowardly foreman, when the explosion of a grenade forced him to run out of the bath naked. Then he was appointed commander of intelligence and communications and, in his words, he became a "laborer of war", established communications for the battery. Part 3 A.S. Rostotsky asks (synchronously) if there were situations at the front when it seemed that everyone could not get out alive. K. Ya. Rose replies that this has happened many times. He was afraid only of a wound in the stomach, or the loss of an arm or leg, he was afraid of being crippled. But someone told him that if you want to stay alive, then don't drink or smoke. He did so, and remained unharmed, one of the whole battery. A.S. Rostotsky asks (synchronously) whether the Latvian regiment consisted of some Latvians. K. Ya. Rose says that there were twenty to twenty five percent Latvians. But our troops liberated the territory of Latvia, field military registration and enlistment offices started working, and new replenishment of Latvians began to arrive. But they no longer looked at the Russians as their best friends. K. Ya. Rose recalls that after the liberation of Riga, he ended up in the Courland Cauldron, where he was appointed commander of the 76-millimeter regimental cannon. He did not understand artillery, but he came across a very cunning gunner, who immediately hit the target during the exercises. For this they were nominated for awards, but K.Ya. Rose did not receive his (for the third time), because a special department did not let him through. A.S. Rostotsky asks to tell what happened when the soldiers learned about the end of the war. K. Ya. Rose recalls with pleasure the general jubilation, the shooting in the air, says that at first she could not believe it and did not want to get out of the trenches.