|Unidentified Waffen-SS Volunteer|
ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Wiking“ pulled back from Caucasus
There was no longer any doubt that the Caucasus offensive, which had yielded such impressive successes, had to be characterized as a failure with the start of the events in December 1942. The tables started to be turned, and the German forces in the ﬁeld were pressed hard. On December 12 1942 the III.Panzerkorps front was shortened; Wiking was taken out of the front. It's manpower strength was 15,928 men in December 1942. New assignment, a relieving attack in the direction of Stalingrad! Image: an unidentified SS volunteer, one of several hundred thousand that volunteered for the Waffen-SS in order to fight against Bolshevism and Soviet supremacy. Commons Bundesarchiv.