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: German, Scandinavian and West European comrades of the Wiking side by side in the Southeastern Caucasus in 1942. Photo taken by Waffen-SS war correspondent SS-Kriegsberichter Willi Altstadt. US National Archives Records Administration. Fair use.