- Battle of the Kerch Peninsula
Battle of the Kerch Peninsula ( _de. Unternehmen Trappenjagd) was a
World War IIoffensive by German and Romanian armies against the Soviet Crimean Front forces defending the Kerch Peninsula, in the eastern part of the Crimea. It was launched on May 8, 1942and concluded around May 18, 1942with the near complete destruction of the Soviet defending forces. The Red Army lost over 160,000 men killed or taken prisoner, and three armies (44th, 47th, and 51st) with twenty-one divisions.cite book |author= John Erickson|title=The Road to Stalingrad: Stalin's War with Germany |year=1975] The operation was one of the battles immediately preceding the German summer offensive ( Operation Blau), and its successful conclusion made it possible for the Axis to launch a successful assault on Sevastopol in the following months.
Some groups of Soviet survivors refused to surrender and fought on for many months, hiding in the catacombs of the quarries.
* [http://rkkaww2.armchairgeneral.com/maps/1942S/Crimea/Kerch_may06_42.jpgDispositions before the offensive]
* [http://www.rkka.ru/maps/krym1.gifAnother map of dispositions]
* [http://www.rkka.ru/maps/krym2.gifMap of advances during the offensive]
* [http://rkkaww2.armchairgeneral.com/battles/Crimea/CrimeaTankStrength42.htm Tables of Soviet tank strength]
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