After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, Americans realized that they were not as far removed from the war across the sea as they thought. In fact, it was quite possible for them to lose this war. In February of 1942, a science fiction novelist by the name of Philip Wylie published an article on the possibilities of losing the War. in response, Life Magazine created a set of maps, detailing the routes and battle plans the Nazi's might use to invade the U.S.
My goal on this project was to bring these maps to life through animation while holding on to the style and illustrative quality of the original. I wanted to really visualize what this invasion would look like and change it from arrows on a map, to an advancing army on the march.
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Nazi Invasion Plans - Test Render from Nawbeman on Vimeo.
The original maps, as they appeared in Time Magazine: