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The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula, also known as Operation Krüger (German: Unternehmen Krüger), was a World War II battle between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near the Crimean city of Kerch. The operation was launched by Army Group South of Nazi Germany's Wehrmacht with a goal to conquer Crimea. It started on 26 December 1941 with an amphibious landing operation and ended in May 1942 when German troops were driven from Crimea. The Black Sea Fleet held out for months against overwhelming odds but was unable to prevent the Axis from occupying most of the peninsula; however, it did delay them enough that there was time for preparation of defenses at Sevastopol in expectation that they would be next.