I received my copy of Wargames Illustrated 285 on Friday and although I haven't read it all yet (still busy decorating like a man possessed) I did get a chance to dip into it. I particularly enjoyed the review of Salute 2011 although it did leave me wishing I'd been able to attend the show.
There's a distinctly Napoleonic theme to this months issue with several articles looking at The French invasion of Russia in 1812. One things that stood out was a reproduction of the Carte Figurative by Charles Joseph Minard (available in the Public Domain and reproduced below) which displays a wide variety of information about the advance of Napoleon's army into Russia and its subsequent retreat 1812-1813.
This is an excellent graphical display of information that brutally and clearly shows the diminishing size of the French Army during this ill fated attempt to tame the Russian Bear. The numbers of men present are represented by the widths of the colored zones. The brown represents the men who entered Russia in their progress to Moscow, and the black those who leave it via the long frozen retreat.
I may write more about this issue once I have had a chance to read more but as always there seems to be plenty to keep me happy and occupied over the coming days.