Romanian amphib assault around Kerch

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Romanian amphib assault around Kerch

Post by TheMarcksPlan » 02 Nov 2021 14:13

On Twitter Dr. Grant Howard, author of Romania's Holy War, shared some details about a Romanian amphibious assault on Tuzla Island, which sits astride the Kerch Strait.

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From my research notes: on 2 September 1942, 10th Infantry Division sent a rifle company from the 38th Infantry Regiment (reinforced by German pioneers) to seize the Kossa-Tusla island in the middle of the Kerch Strait while German 46th Infantry Division crossed to Taman port...

...Romanian landing began at 2 am under illumination of Soviet searchlights from the Taman coast that helped direct powerful Soviet artillery fire on the Romanian forces; despite these Soviet efforts the Romanians had cleared and seized the whole island by 8 am on 3 September...

...(1 officer and 19 troops killed with 2 officers, 2 NCOs, and 50 troops wounded); German 46th Infantry Division had landed on the Taman coast also at 2 am and joined up with 6th Cavalry Division near Achtanisowskaja; bad weather delayed crossing for the rest of the day.

I have notes from two other reports indicating the order in which Romanian divisions crossed (3rd Mtn, 19th Inf, 10th Inf, 8th Cav, VII Corps HQ and support). On 5-8 Sept most of 3rd Mtn crossed, then German units for 3-4 days, then VII Corps...

...a shortage of boats meant the crossing could take VII Corps 6-7 days. German 17th Army provided enough rations for 8 days. On 16 Sept, a Romanians request for rail transport to Kerch so as not to exhaust troops by having to march across Crimea was approved by German command.
I'd never heard of this...
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Re: Romanian amphib assault around Kerch

Post by Art » 03 Nov 2021 15:17

Tuzla garrison consisted of about 70 men (a marine platoon, fire control party from the coastal battery and air warnin post). Of them 8 men were deployed on a semi-sunk "Gornyak" transport ship near the island. "Gornyak" was abanonded in early hours of 2 September, the island garrison continued resistance for 24 hours supported by coastal artillery. The survivors evacuted to the mainland on vessels and by swimming.

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Re: Romanian amphib assault around Kerch

Post by TheMarcksPlan » 10 Nov 2021 00:06

Art wrote:
03 Nov 2021 15:17
Tuzla garrison consisted of about 70 men (a marine platoon, fire control party from the coastal battery and air warnin post). Of them 8 men were deployed on a semi-sunk "Gornyak" transport ship near the island. "Gornyak" was abanonded in early hours of 2 September, the island garrison continued resistance for 24 hours supported by coastal artillery. The survivors evacuted to the mainland on vessels and by swimming.
Thanks Art. So not exactly the storming of Omaha Beach...
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