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Napoleon’s March to Moscow in the Russian campaign of 1812

Here is how a user experience guru Edward Tufte describes Charles Joseph Minard’s famous work:

Probably the best statistical graphic ever drawn, this map by Charles Joseph Minard portrays the losses suffered by Napoleon’s army in the Russian campaign of 1812. Beginning at the Polish-Russian border, the thick band shows the size of the army at each position. The path of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in the bitterly cold winter is depicted by the dark lower band, which is tied to temperature and time scales.

Click on the picture to see it in the full resolution.

Charles Minard's flow map of Napoleon's March

What does it have to do with our trolls? I don’t know… just had an acute desire to share this fantastic work.

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