Eighth Turret

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The eighth turret is located inside the green area around the Red October factory on Prospekt Lenina and is opposite the seventh turret on the other side of the street. This is where the 39th Guards Rifle Division defended, and the name of the unit has been given to a nearby street. General Stepan Guriev commanded this division. On 3 February 1943, during the metallurgical factory’s official return ceremony, Guriev told Red October director Paruyr Matevosyan, who led the company until 1972, "Forgive me, but this is all that is left of your factory." To that, Matevosyan replied, "A sick child is more valuable to his mother."