After the Crimean Front had lost resistance, a breakthrough came in the German tanks. Passing along the sea, the German shock troops turned north and went to the area of ??deployment of Soviet reserves. Those failing to turn in order of battle, were defeated. As a result, the main Soviet group in the north of the Kerch Peninsula (47 th and 51 th Army) was cut and pressed to the coast of Siwash Lake. Crimean front's forces lost control and began disorderly retreat to the east. May 15 the Germans took Kerch. Soviet troops (up to 120 thousand. Pers.) Were evacuated to the North Caucasus. More than 170 thousand. Soldiers were captured or killed. Up to 18 thousand. People. They took refuge in Adzhimushkay quarries where heroically defended until the end of October 1942. Kerch buried defeat the Soviet Crimea release plan and actually decided the fate of Sevastopol.