The Battle of Hoth, an Imperial Disaster

Military history can offer us numerous examples of graphics, maps, and illustrations to explain significant battles. Today’s graphics from Wired are no exception. Wired explores the future’s past—not today—by looking at the Battle of Hoth from Star Wars and arguing that the battle was a tactical victory but strategic blunder.

The Imperial Ground Assault on Rebel Lines
The Imperial Ground Assault on Rebel Lines

The author reasons his argument well. But apparently the argument caused quite the controversy and so for you very interested folks, the argument continued onto a subsequent post (alas, sans graphics).

Credit for the article goes to Spencer Ackerman. Credits for the illustrations go to Simon Lutrin, Ross Patton, and Dennis Crothers.

Author: Brendan Barry

I am a graphic designer who focuses on information design. My day job? I am the data visualisation manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. (This blog is my something I do on my own time and does not represent the views of the Fed, blah blah blah legal stuff.) And with my main interest in information design—be it in the shape of clear charts, maps, diagrams, or wayfinding systems—I am fortunate that my day job focuses on data visualisation. Outside of work, I try to stay busy with personal design work. Away from the world of design, I enjoy cooking and reading and am interested in various subjects from history and geography to politics to science to the arts. And I allow all of them to influence my work.

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