See World War II play out in 7 minutes


#1

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#2

Switzerland.


#3

That map needs labels.


#4

That was the best game of Europa Universalis IV ever.


#5

To be fair, there’s not that much in Switzerland worth the headache of sending troops through the Alps, and it’d be a hell of a place to try to hold onto in the face of local insurrection.


#6

Observation: Finland=badasses. Soviets tried to take over and had minimal success. Germany didn’t even try.


#7

Let’s not miss the real story here: the whole video was made with MS Paint and Windows Live Movie Maker.


#8

Germany didn’t try because they were sort of allies.


#9

Makes sense. Soviets were a potential (then real) threat to both. Very creepy watching the Axis advance as I thought about the people they were scooping up to send to camps.


#10

It’s called Hearts of Iron.


#11

Only quibble would be: kind of weird to give such attention to Ethiopia in upper right hand corner. It’s distracting/confusing. If anything, you’d put the Pacific theatre there (a lot more work though, of course).


#12

Speeches and symphonic music in the background? The original soundtrack of crunching bones and agonized screams was far more relevant.


#13

Interestingly enough, 7 minutes was about the actual running time for the Cold War era planners of WWIII.


#14

Now I know what happened.


#15

Then this: http://boingboing.net/2010/08/05/animated-map-of-nucl.html


#16

I always wondered why Hitler decided to repeat Napoleon’s mistake of getting stuck deep in Russia during the winter. Did he just assume Napoleon was a silly Frenchman?


#17

“Made by Emperor TigerStar using MSPaint and Windows Moviemaker. You now have precisely bupkis for excuses.”


#18

Does that one suffer from Big Blue Blob syndrome as well? Those darn Frenchies…


#19

The same person made another video for the Pacific Theater of combat. If you’re ever in New Orleans, the WWII museum there has a really interesting wall sized display using back lighting and LEDs to show the shifting lines of control in the Pacific during the war.


#20

If anyone is interested in the Pacific War, I highly recommend the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, TX (birthplace of Admiral Nimitz).

Fabulous museum. Nice little town, too.

http://www.pacificwarmuseum.org/index.asp