The image list of the volume does not specify where the pictures were taken: this was probably a military secret. Nevertheless the first photo can be possibly identified: according to the Czech Elektronická encyklopedie historie, the Cadre Headquarters No. 28 of the Empire was in Písek. The center of the city is already walkable in the Google map. I have tried to identify the building, but have not yet succeeded.
Meanwhile, Két Sheng – who, in connection with the appearance of the Austro-Hungarian artillery in the Holy Land (here and here) made himself an expert in the organizational structure of the Empire’s army – found out that since the regiment numbering of the Landwehr and of the K.u.K army ran parallel to each other, the above cadre heaquarters No. 28 was not in Písek (that one belonged to the Landwehr), but in Prague, in Malá Strana, in Pod Bruskou Street, which was so named because it ran above the Bruska brook forced under the level of the street.
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The predecessor of the barracks – writes the “Welcome to the old Prague” blog – was built shortly after 1683 as the first Austrian fort in Prague. This first building was demolished in 1763 to make way for a new one planned by military architects A. Haffenecker and J. Jäger, completed in 1779 for the Nr. 28 Humbertův Regiment (named after the Italian king Umberto), but called only “Pražské děti”, that is the Boys of Prague by the locals, as the majority of the soldiers came from the good families of the city. The regiment was disbanded in 1915 by Franz Joseph, after a part of its soldiers on the Russian front went over to the enemy: but on this we will write more in detail in the post planned about the Czech legion fighting in Russia. The barracks were pulled down most probably in 1922, and today the Prague trams transformer stands in its place. Its memory is preserved on the one hand by the “U Bruských kasáren”, that is, the street named after the Bruska barracks starting at its corner, and on the other hand, more enduring than any street, by the story of the most renowned Prague soldier of the Monarchy:
“If we had some genuine nut liquor here,” the army chaplain sighed, “that would fix my stomach. Captain Šnábl in Bruska has such a nut liquor” … “Ask Captain Šnábl where he buys that nutty liquor and buy us two bottles.”
(Jaroslav Hašek: The Good Soldier Švejk)
After this Prague intermezzo, let us see the other eighteen pictures of the album.