The photo was taken on April 26nd 1901, when the foundation stone for the Kriegerdenkmal (Solder’s monument) was laid on the junction of Siebenbürgerstrasse (Str. Stefan cel Mare, vul. Holovna) and Rathausstrasse (Str. Regina Maria, vul. Tscherwonoarmijska).
The monument was put up in occasion of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the infantry regiment Erzherzog Eugen Nr.41 which was stationed in Chernivtsi exclusively since 1882. Its last commander before the First World War was Archduke Eugen.
The monument consisted of a socle and an obelisk with an eagle on the top (not to be seen on the photo yet). The socle has an iscription in German, Romanian and Ukrainian which says: “The grateful Bukovina, for the members of the infantry regiment Archduke Eugen Nr. 41 who fell on the fields of honour.”
The monument was taken down in 1949. The socle survived and was brought back to its historic location in the 1990s. Helmut Kusdat