Battle of Britain interactive guide shows Luftwaffe bombing targets in London and Coventry

A striking interactive guide to the Battle of Britain has just been launched on MSN featuring a Deep Zoom photo wall of life during the Blitz and a unique TimeMap application which shows German bombing targets in London and Coventry.
 
Sept. 14, 2010 - PRLog -- MSN have just launched a stunning series of interactive guides which bring the compelling history of the Battle of Britain to life.

The guides were created for MSN by Microsoft software development experts Shoothill, and are composed of three rich interactive elements.

Firstly, the series contains a striking photo and document archive contained within one single image - the iconic shot of St Paul’s with London blazing in the background - which Users can zoom into to see hundreds of compelling pictures from The Blitz in great detail.

This Deep Zoom mosaic was built in Microsoft Silverlight and features images, captions and scans of original secret documents detailing the Luftwaffe’s bombing missions.

The second feature in the series is Shoothill’s custom-built ‘TimeMap’, an immersive educational application built in Microsoft Silverlight which overlays historical maps with those of the present day on a live Bing Maps Platform.  

Using the ‘TimeScope’ feature, Users can see historic German target allocation maps and original aerial reconnaissance photos belonging to The Imperial War Museum, showing the Luftwaffe’s bombing targets in London and Coventry from gas works and power stations to water works and docks.

Lastly, the guide also allows Users to explore a series of three interactive image walls (based on Microsoft Photosynth) of some of the aircraft that took part in the Battle of Britain, including the Hawker Hurricane I, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb and the Heinkel He111 H-20.  

Users can navigate around these images in a virtual tour to see these incredible planes from every angle.

Rod Plummer, Managing Director of Shoothill, said: “We were thrilled to produce an interactive, educational series on the Battle of Britain as it’s a great counterpart to what we’ve already done with our Berlin TimeMap and the recent Churchill Deep Zoom exhibit we completed for the Imperial War Museum.

“The chance to create the Battle of Britain TimeMap in Silverlight means that we’ve been able to integrate Microsoft’s Deep Zoom technology with our own custom-built TimeMap application to offer a hugely enhanced and deeply compelling learning tool”.  

“The fact that the Luftwaffe maps showing their planned bombing locations hasn’t been seen before is also hugely fascinating!

“When we combine these features with our main Deep Zoom mosaic filled with hundreds of pictures of The Blitz, and the unique Photosynth images of RAF fighter planes, we’re able to offer Users a complete guide to one of our country’s most significant historic events.”

As well as having become one of the world’s leading authorities on Silverlight technology, Shoothill have become known for their many history-based applications and learning tools, including the Winston Churchill Deep Zoom, the London and Shrewsbury TimeMaps and the Charles Darwin Deep Zoom.

Alastair Bruce, Senior Content Manager at MSN UK, said: “Shoothill have once again provided a superb interactive experience for MSN that our users will love.

“The Battle of Britain feature brings together archive documents, photos, target maps and the latest Microsoft technology to provide an engaging and absorbing experience that helps our users find out more about a crucial period in our history.”

To view the series for yourself, visit http://news.uk.msn.com/in-depth/world-war-two/battle-of-b...

To find out more about Shoothill’s work, visit www.shoothill.com

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