Time-based interactive of Toronto’s Second World War dead

We’ve renewed the Poppy File map concept this year with a time-based visualization, programmed by globalnews.ca developer Nathan Arnold, a developer here, of deaths by month.

Events like Dieppe and the Normandy campaign fill the map suddenly with points. The animation draws on a Fusion Tables map.

Pausing on a month brings out patterns that are hard to spot otherwise – for example, four men from the immediate area of Gerrard and Broadview were killed in a six-day period in Italy in December 1943.

Click on the image to see the interactive.




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