For the Russians, this was rapidly becoming yet another critical day in the defense of their ruined city. Elements of the German 79th Infantry Division had pushed toward the Krasny Oktyabr steel mill, bringing the HQ of Guryevís 39th Guards Division under attack. Meanwhile, farther north, other elements of the German division battled their way eastwards through the Bread Factory in an attempt to reach the river. Luckily for the Soviets, two fresh battalions of Lt.-Col. Sokolovís 45th Shchors Rifle Division had debarked overnight, taking up positions between the Barrikady and Krasny Oktyabr factories. They had scarcely settled in when the renewed German offensive commenced.