from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of southern Ukraine on Kerch Strait, a shallow waterway connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov and bordered on the west by the Kerch Peninsula. The city was founded by Greek colonists in the sixth century B.C. and eventually passed to Russia after the first Russo-Turkish War (1768-1774). Population: 153,000.
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- proper n. A city on the Kerch Peninsula of eastern Crimea, on the shore of Kerch Strait; an important industrial, transport and tourist centre of Ukraine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviated form of kerchief.
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An intimidating authority figure (Ian Kerch) pops in and out of the metallic room he is in to interrogate him of things he knows nothing of.
The widely publicised incident in the Kerch Strait in August was ridiculed in the Russian blogosphere and independent media as yet another of Putin's photo opportunities.
Convinced that the main effort would be directed toward Moscow, he had shifted his resources north.11 At the same time, he apparently was so convinced of the successes of his midwinter offensives that he believed he could ignore the dangers of having his troops in highly vulnerable salients such as Kerch and Izyum.
In February, Stalin had listed Kerch the town at the eastern end of the peninsula as yet another Soviet victory.
The result, like von Manstein at Kerch, was a sort of Smolensk in reverse, with the Soviet troops advancing recklessly forward, not realizing that they were vulnerable to the same pincer movement on offense as had been the case when their units had been bypassed by the advancing Germans.
The bridgehead the Soviets had established on the western side of the Kerch Strait gave them a foothold on the Crimean Peninsula, where the talented Erich von Manstein, together with a large Romanian force, was laying siege to Sevastopol.
The mouth of the Don opened onto the Sea of Azov and thence to the Mediterranean, via the Strait of Kerch and the Black Sea.
The Germans evacuated 255,970 men and 21,230 motor vehicles, and 72,809 horses across the Kerch Strait to Crimea.
Apparently the Kerch area was held by a quarter of a million men without any armor whatsoever.
Steve Kerch: Demand for vacation homes should continue as Boomers retire