|Scharfschützen der Waffen-SS|
On February 19 1943, Grischino was also in German hands. The majority of Armoured Group Popov, especially its tanks, had been destroyed there and at Krasno-Armaiskoje. Above and beyond that, the threat to the southern wing in this sector had been averted. The fighting for Grischino had been hard on both sides and cost SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking heavy losses. The Division Commander SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner expressed his praise to Wiking on March 4 1943: In these days, you have truly fought for and advanced the future of your homelands. It will one day thank you. Today, however, I want you to be satisfied with my thanks and unbridled recognition as well as your pride in your accomplishments. Image: Waffen-SS snipers in the front line peer over the trenches to keep constant watch during the vicious winter battles on the Eastern Front. Highly accurate professional SS sniper units were very effective during World War II. Their deadly precision fire was legendary. Each sniper was paired with a marksman in a two-man team. Fair use.