Napoleon in Russia

A Neatline-powered edition of Charles Minard’s famous infographic showing the gradual deterioration of the French army over the course of Napoleon’s 1812 invasion of Russia. Minard does a brilliant job of showing just how much of the French force was lost, but I realized that I didn’t really have an intuitive sense of the scale of the whole thing – how long it took, how much distance was covered, etc. So, I sketched in a big “ruler” annotation along the top of the map that marks off the 540-mile distance between Moscow and the Russian border. Then, on the right side of the screen, I added an interactive chart that plots the total size of the army over the course of the 6-month span from June to December, with each data point corresponding to one of the rectangular segments in Minard’s map. Hover on the map to focus the crosshairs, and click the chart to focus the map.

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