Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Graphical History

The Minard Chart of Napoleon's invasion of Russia. It is too large to embed.

Note that Napoleon set off with 422,000 men. By the time Moscow burned, he had lost 3/4ths of them. The retreat was in freezing temperatures, down to below -20degF. One half of what was left of his army was lost in the retreat across the Berezina River.

You can see why the spectre of Napoleon was haunting the German Army during the winter of 1942-43.


Frank Van Haste said...

Aha! Ed Tufte's favorite graphic.

Anonymous said...

Someday there may be a chart showing how great a job the U.S. did in Afghanistan . . .

I will always think of Mark Knopfler when Moscow and Bonaparte are mentioned - thanks to you, ComradeE.B.: