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Erich von Manstein versus D.T. Kozlov: A German army under Manstein assaults a Soviet army while besieging another, both under Kozlov. Can Kozlov blunt the attack long enough to exploit Manstein’s precarious position fighting two fronts? Also known as Operation Bustard Hunt and Operation Trappenjagd.
Compared to other German masterpiece battles of maneuver in World War II such as France, Kiev, and Gazala, Kerch Peninsula is a relative unknown. The Eastern Front 1941-1942 witnessed stunning German successes, resulting in massive prisoner tallies. Superior German combat doctrine was partly responsible but each battle was won individually by an individual commander in an individual set of circumstances. Each victory, including that in the Kerch Peninsula, was a masterpiece in its own right.
First of all, a note on the Soviet casualty figures given. All available sources were consistent in stating that 170,000 Soviet solders were captured with no regard towards killed or wounded. Based on the typical Soviet-German casualty ratio for this stage of the Eastern Front, Soviet killed and wounded should be twice that of the Germans. I therefore doubled the German casualty figures and determined it to be the minimum number of Soviet killed and wounded.This battle was a frustrating one to animate. For starters, modern battles undermine the “artful” nature of this website’s because the formations are so distinct; for example, that box is not just an infantry unit, it is the 57th Infantry Division. Due to this simple fact, I cannot just place units in the best manner to illustrate tactical concepts because I am restrained by the knowledge of exact locations of exact formations. This is an impossibility in this medium; formations become separated, partly destroyed, deployed in smaller formations etc., and this is not consistent with the site’s goals. The goal of these animations is to teach tactics and strategy. The positions of each formation range from exact to approximate and should only give the viewer an idea of what role they played in the battle; if you desire more precise information, consult primary documents such as unit diaries.
Battlefields: Battle for the Crimea. DVD. 2007, Cromwell Productions.Haupt, Werner. Army Group South: The Wehrmacht in Russia 1941-1945. Atglen: Schiffer, 1998.
Mawdsley, Evan. Thunder in the East. London: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Moshchansky, I. and A. Savin. “Bor’ba za Krym. Sentyabr’ 1941 – Iyul 1942.” Voyennaya Letopis 1 (2002).
Seaton, Albert. The Russo-German War 1941-1945. London: Arthur Barker Limited, 1971.
Erich von Manstein: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erich_von_MansteinGerman aircraft: http://www-micrel.deis.unibo.it/~michele/aircrafts/WWII.html
German infantry: http://warandgame.wordpress.com/2008/10/06/the-german-infantry-and-grenadier-battalion/
German tank: http://www.achtungpanzer.com/panzerkampfwagen-iii.htm
Map of Eastern Front: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Front_(World_War_II)
Map of the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_map_projections
Soviet aircraft: http://www.vvsregiaavions.com/
Soviet infantry: http://www.modellposta.hu/ujdonsagok/ujdonsag2.php?parrentid=2167
Soviet tank: http://www.battletanks.com/t34_76b.htm
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