Sagopshin and Malgobek were turning points in the events of the southernmost front of the German armed forces. With the ﬁghting on October 17 1942, the SS-Division Wiking’s offensive efforts in the Sagopshin-Malgobek came to an end. The division transitioned to the defense in the positions it had won. Image: Waffen-SS men from the Wiking Division in the Southeast Caucasus 1942. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Willy Altstadt. US National Archives Records Administration. Fair use.