|Battle-hardened Wiking Volunteers|
Fighting for Sagopshin and Malgobek
By late September 1942, SS-Division Wiking was in a position to launch an assault to capture the vital city of Grozny. Working in cooperation with General der Panzertruppen Traugott Herr's 13.Panzer-Division. As they reached the Terek River, the Soviet defences solidified. Several obstacle belts had to be breached before the Georgian Road, where American supplies were transported, could be reached. Realizing the difficult situation, SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner divided Wiking into four columns, each with separate objectives, but all aimed at breaching the Soviet defences and opening a road to the Caspian Sea. Image: Wiking volunteers relaxing in a Sunflower field in Caucasus during a lull in the fighting. Public domain.