Several important decisions are made as the new year 1944 is coming. First of all, there is an ambitious military operation planned, codename "Красная смерть", for which nearly all of the elite Red Army units are required.
Second, it is deemed necessary to reduce number of divisional-sized formations and form more rifle corps. That way more pressure could be put on the Axis, without a third of the army remaining idle behind the front lines. It is also deemed more efficient to supply less, but bigger, units. The first step on this road will be to form third rifle corps in armies that recently lost their tank brigades and consist of two rifle corps and four rifle divisions. Most of these armies are in the north.
Finally, severe truck saving measures are undertaken: all transport air regiments are moved to national reserve (following the heavy bombers that were supplying partisans sent to reserve a few months ago), and all support units are detached from their parent combat units, some of them to be disbanded and replaced by brigades, like the SU regiments.
Two ski brigades are formed for the 5th Shock Army (they will later upgrade to mountain brigades).