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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
If you enjoyed the Battle of Kerch Peninsula 1942 battle animation, you may also enjoy these other battle animations:
Battle of Gazala 1942, another battle fought in World War II where a German commander attempts the envelopment of a single flank:
Battle of Gallipoli 1915, another battle fought on a peninsula during the Modern Era:
Battle of Yarmuk 636, another battle in which a commander attempts an envelopment of a single flank:
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Well done! I discovered your site from wikipedia’s Battle of Marathon page as a “related link”. As an avid military history fan, your website is brilliant! Thanks.
My grandfather was in this battle. He miraculously survived and fought until the end of the war…
Thank you for you website!
Looking at the power point. If the airplanes killed an average of 200 solders a piece. The armies would still be even. Since Statistics say Soviets had better guns. Also The Soviets still had a bigger army, therefore it looks as if the Soviets would kill more than a measly 14k. In my opinion that army would have killed over 65k.
What would happen if Kozlov used his fleet to assault the Germans by water?