Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

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    Jay ForemanJay Foreman14 päivää sitten
    • @Paul Sangiorgio men men men men

      iamthewallrusiamthewallrus2 päivää sitten
    • @Skeptikalz and write very good adds for Skillshare

      Tsass0Tsass04 päivää sitten
    • who cares what they have just came to drop a dislike, i h 8 stup i d videos with clickbaity titles, just pause em as soon as the load dislike usually block the channel and move on

      Todd HowardTodd Howard4 päivää sitten
    • @Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf10 päivää sitten
    • @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf10 päivää sitten
  • The same with Norway, and they even had detail from the most inner fjords in Norway

    Atgeir NyttingnesAtgeir NyttingnesTunti sitten

    Harris McLeanHarris McLean2 tuntia sitten
  • Illicit cartography? They got it from the Russians, I have a different dealer.

    Big RBig R3 tuntia sitten
  • Vodka isnt Russian. Vodka is Polish

    KribeaKribea16 tuntia sitten
  • So I was sent by The Spiffing Brit, to destroy youtube algorithm and get you more subscribers, I will leave a link to a video explaining how to do it fistart.info/tv/videot/qp-SrZ6hmJaYmLc.html. Also, it is nice to see you guys more often.

    Bartosz KosmowskiBartosz Kosmowski17 tuntia sitten
  • the sovjets has a disrespect towards copyright law. since there communist i hope so.

    Electric AngelElectric Angel17 tuntia sitten
  • Polish allies ? For real ?

    Michał KowalskiMichał Kowalski17 tuntia sitten
  • Winning ww2 lmao

    Janusz PawlaczJanusz Pawlacz21 tunti sitten
    • @Никита Морозов how's the economy, huh? What's the average GDP? And what about the amount of drunkards on the streets? Where is the intelligent russian youth that were talked about so much in propaganda?

      Janusz PawlaczJanusz Pawlacz4 tuntia sitten
    • How is Cieszyn Silesia? Still standing, unannexed?

      Никита МорозовНикита Морозов18 tuntia sitten
  • There was one less “men” in the intro and it’s bothering meeee Anyone else

    Rafi AshrafRafi Ashraf23 tuntia sitten
  • 2 week anniversrye?

    Doktor_KittenDoktor_KittenPäivä sitten
  • Well what if they just drank vodca and drew it while drunk...

    Stevster_11Stevster_11Päivä sitten
  • Answer to the question in the title: So that they know where to plant the Novichok.

    Helen TropeHelen TropePäivä sitten
  • Hey guys plz discuss the map of Kolkata , the city is completely designed by the British as per London .

    Arnab MannaArnab MannaPäivä sitten
  • "You're welcome"

    Nom du ClavierNom du ClavierPäivä sitten
  • Ok

    Antoni PolskiAntoni PolskiPäivä sitten
  • I bet the last US president gave em all the information.

    Edmond SveikutisEdmond SveikutisPäivä sitten
  • The amount of nukes weren’t enough to nuke the whole world. Green land would still be alive like always

    Brock CaseyBrock CaseyPäivä sitten
  • I hope they do a video on the kashmir border and dispute.

    Amna NaveedAmna NaveedPäivä sitten
  • Is this fun with flags but with maps ? XD

    christopher bellchristopher bell2 päivää sitten
  • Pure English humor..and such a finest theme.. oh man, I like it.

    seeni gztyseeni gzty2 päivää sitten
  • "dont watch it now! - watch it later" ... okay you got my full attention back xD sorry

    Rumpel PumpelRumpel Pumpel2 päivää sitten
  • Soviet invasion? Never existed in plans. Plan of Marshall-yes. And this propaganda still goes on. read Uk's newspapers!

    mladenenglangmladenenglang2 päivää sitten
  • These fellows appear hungry &/or sleep-deprived.

    Salmon RushDieSalmon RushDie2 päivää sitten
  • They are in fact not wrong right wrong not even close to not being right not wrong about the Gorbachev thing.

    Oscar WindOscar Wind2 päivää sitten
  • Ъ

    Глад Валакас ФЭКГлад Валакас ФЭК2 päivää sitten
  • Russia really have some weird habits lately and map making isn't one of them

    Justin BaelJustin Bael2 päivää sitten
  • There are a lot of Russian names in your patreon list...

    TheClunkingFistTheClunkingFist2 päivää sitten
  • "Don't look at it now, look at it later!" Crickey, you made me jump.

    TheClunkingFistTheClunkingFist2 päivää sitten
  • Very few people knew very little about? So the rest of us knew all about them?

    Da5id CDa5id C2 päivää sitten

    Kaney590 GamingKaney590 Gaming2 päivää sitten
  • Just found this completely by accident. This is great. Would suggest you should be writing and appearing on broadcast tv but you are clearly wayyy too good for it in every manner.

    christopher morrisonchristopher morrison2 päivää sitten
  • Mark ♥

    EK XEK X3 päivää sitten
  • What we take down depends upon the military needs...so...

    asdf lkjhasdf lkjh3 päivää sitten
  • At one time in history Ireland was the best mapped country in the world ,the British mapped every inch of Ireland to help with the occupation of Ireland

    Tom O sheaTom O shea3 päivää sitten
  • No-one guessing the maps at 5:19, ok New York Manhattan? Portsmouth & Isle of Wight Paris? London (tube) Prague?

    Itza_meItza_me3 päivää sitten
  • Co on powiedział? 0:50

    marzmimarzmi3 päivää sitten
  • Commys

    VasiliVasili3 päivää sitten
  • Понимать надо. Люди работают.

    Vladimir MakarkinVladimir Makarkin3 päivää sitten
  • Thank you FIstart algorithm, you have blessed me with another godlike channel. Satan bless the bots

    Trickster RicksterTrickster Rickster3 päivää sitten
  • Google maps be like: I still have to learn much.

    bocoy noiubocoy noiu3 päivää sitten
  • I like how you acknowledge the Russian achievements and contrbutions that mostly everyone else prefers to deny and ignore...i.e. periodic table and WW2 👍

    Cleen Rock DogCleen Rock Dog3 päivää sitten
  • 6:14 what about when the CIA invaded in 1979? Whose maps were used then?? ...also this is absolutely brilliant, I can't believe I'm just finding this show now.

    Jay StrawJay Straw3 päivää sitten
  • Winning World War 2. Sarcasm, please say that was sarcasm..

    Orwell 1984Orwell 19843 päivää sitten
  • Maybe they did invade not physically but culturally. You can't deny how communism is an upwards trend since then.

    G HG H3 päivää sitten
    • I'd love to see it

      MagicEveMagicEve2 päivää sitten
    • and I genuinely recommend it!) Thank you thank you thank you please! :)


      bocoy noiubocoy noiu3 päivää sitten
  • The Siegfried-Maps of my native country Switzerland are still the best!

    Kaspar Nick BornKaspar Nick Born3 päivää sitten
  • 2:24 Guys, you should have put pencil in there. Missed opportunity.

    Утерянный В ТуманеУтерянный В Тумане3 päivää sitten
  • _"...always within 10,000 miles from a Russian spy"_ - ...or anyone

    HairysteedHairysteed3 päivää sitten
  • I'm sure the Soviet military had more detailed maps than the USGS, thats like saying an F1 car has more horsepower than a Prius

    Iain KillionIain Killion3 päivää sitten

    D LegionnaireD Legionnaire3 päivää sitten
  • Cold war map off is my preferred name for arctic navigation.

    Ireallyshouldntbehere ltdIreallyshouldntbehere ltd3 päivää sitten
  • Jay Foreman: "Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?" Russia: "xexexe"

    v.0v.03 päivää sitten
    • Jay Foreman: "Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?" Russia: "Why don't you call yourself Hayley Cropper any more?"

      James BurtonJames Burton3 päivää sitten
  • I like your new haircut jay :)

    ThecoolyoyoThecoolyoyo3 päivää sitten
  • This "Polish map" isn't from cold war era, rather it was made for polish pilots during WWII.

    Piotr LenarPiotr Lenar3 päivää sitten
  • Russia didn't even come up with vodka

    MccdtkMccdtk3 päivää sitten
  • 2:58 diskette.

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  • So if someone would have asked me last week if i liked maps i would have said 'hell no!'. Yet i seem to have binged loads of videos on this channel over the last few days. The comedy mixed with facts and the ad skits are strangely intriguing. I may have become a map facts fan. Good Job with these videos! 😊

    WookiesInOnesiesWookiesInOnesies3 päivää sitten

    C HC H4 päivää sitten
  • I'm polish No joke

    Epic FranekEpic Franek4 päivää sitten
  • Poland allied during the Cold War? You mean soviet puppet?

    Jacob JørgensenJacob Jørgensen4 päivää sitten
  • 6:06 but do not forget, that china, the ccp, is the bigger problem.

    TechnocraticDreadnoughtTechnocraticDreadnought4 päivää sitten
  • There is a great 1970s Russian map of Wellington NZ. It has every building in all the Quarters and the Parliamentary Precinct, all the companies that were in that building, and even little notes on what you could buy from shops at every location. Someone in the Soviet Embassy really really liked maps and spent a lot of time doing it, and updating it.

    Captain CalculusCaptain Calculus4 päivää sitten
  • U are so very good at those adds :)

    Tsass0Tsass04 päivää sitten
  • You know there's a mistake at the start, right? Two, if you consider that you did not mention Dostoievski.

    Max HeadromMax Headrom4 päivää sitten
  • This is by far one of the most interesting you tube video I have watched and that has changed my option on the entire soviet union 10/10.

    John MurphyJohn Murphy4 päivää sitten
  • As a Pole, I felt weird when you suggested that our air force could invade GB. We always liked you, guys! The Soviets wouldn't let us be nice to you :c

    Ania WilkoszAnia Wilkosz4 päivää sitten
  • Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

    Derek McManusDerek McManus4 päivää sitten
    • Boooooooooo. You suck.

      Jade NagiJade Nagi3 päivää sitten
  • They don't

    Derek McManusDerek McManus4 päivää sitten
  • They do say the Russians have the best spies in the world. They even managed to get one into extremely high up in the Japanese forces during WW2 who told them they had no intention of invading through China. Freeing up a LOT of specially trained and equipped troops to stall and then drive back the German advance in the middle of the Russian winter

    StickTheGlueStickTheGlue4 päivää sitten
  • I never thought anyone could make maps fun, well done.

    Justin WebberJustin Webber4 päivää sitten
  • Is this what BeardyMan does in his off time from creating epic tunes? 😂👍

    Stig MartinStig Martin4 päivää sitten
    • @Jay Foreman well shaft me sideways with a rubber duck, that’s awesome! And also nice to meet you Jay as a very new subscriber to your channel, I apologise for not even being aware BeardyMan had a brother! 🙈

      Stig MartinStig Martin4 päivää sitten
    • Beardyman (Darren Foreman) is my brother, and he made the Map Men theme music for us.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman4 päivää sitten
  • Its the MAP, it’s the MAP, It’s the MAP, it’s the MAP, ‘tis the phucking map KOmrad

    Carlos CCarlos C4 päivää sitten
  • Yo I’ve only just realised the ‘intro song’ is different every episode - pretty epic if u ask me

    MoyBoyMoyBoy4 päivää sitten
    • Wow I thought all the other ones were the same

      Rafi AshrafRafi Ashraf23 tuntia sitten
  • Кошмар!

    Женя ВолковЖеня Волков4 päivää sitten
  • i was singing along to the intro only to realise that there is no extra "men" in the end! am i hallucinating or did you remove it? if yes, pls get it back on!!! :(

    Anna RakovskaAnna Rakovska4 päivää sitten
  • I never trust English guys who say Russia won the war. Way too beta

    Cian MacGanaCian MacGana4 päivää sitten
    • @Cian MacGana how? we were stuck on the island for two years until the Americans showed up and the Red Army got to Berlin well before the western front did.

      MagicEveMagicEve2 päivää sitten
    • @Cian MacGana =))

      dushasdushas3 päivää sitten
    • @dushas nah Britain won the war

      Cian MacGanaCian MacGana3 päivää sitten
    • pretty sure that's what you call it, when one side has inflicted 85-90% of casualties of the defeated side.

      dushasdushas4 päivää sitten
  • sweet surname bro

    Mungo658Mungo6584 päivää sitten
  • Winning ww2 ? Debatable

    Pubg-BlsyPubg-Blsy4 päivää sitten
  • English people really should use Polish spelling, it's far easier! (I'm Polish of course)

    JanJan4 päivää sitten
  • "Winning WW2" GTFO

    Mister NovelBroMister NovelBro4 päivää sitten
  • Dendi ?

    Dub ElementsDub Elements4 päivää sitten
  • sheldon cooper(s) ... it's funny. But i will continue to hate england for what you done in your history. Don't worry guys one day we will come :))) See you later :)

    Rhajdami centoriaRhajdami centoria5 päivää sitten
    • What a ridiculous thing to say.

      Jade NagiJade Nagi4 päivää sitten
  • They still put planes in our airspace.

    Jason.Jason.5 päivää sitten
  • should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

    Totally not a famous person with a fake nameTotally not a famous person with a fake name5 päivää sitten
  • Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

    Алексей СушкоАлексей Сушко5 päivää sitten
  • U Fucking suck

    The MonsterThe Monster5 päivää sitten
  • 4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

    Michal JancikMichal Jancik5 päivää sitten
  • Not sure if anyone has ever commented on it, but does anyone think that Jay sounds as if he were the identical voice twin of James Burke? I love it.... I've always really enjoyed James' documentaries. And I love your channel.

    zephyrandboreaszephyrandboreas5 päivää sitten
  • The way I was caught out by the “don’t watch it now, watch it later” spooked me😭

    HRTBRKHRTBRK5 päivää sitten
  • The Soviet maps warmly recommends the 123-metre spire of Salisbury.

    bouytt guytbouytt guyt5 päivää sitten
  • It's bc they know who to be scared of

    -Lightning Will--Lightning Will-5 päivää sitten
  • lol russia "won" ww2

    daviduribe004daviduribe0045 päivää sitten
    • 0:49 excuse me? i am a native polish speaker and have absolutely not an ounce of a clue what you were trying to say

      bouytt guytbouytt guyt5 päivää sitten
  • OTOH, I did read a story about Western made maps of Moscow being the best ones. That because the Russian messed with their official maps to avoid giving away intelligence (www.nytimes.com/1988/09/03/world/soviet-aide-admits-maps-were-faked-for-50-years.html). IIRC, it ended being so bad that diplomats in Moscow needed to use the maps provided by their own intelligence agencies (mainly the CIA) to do their routine functions, and the maps being leaked to everyone (including Russians with the right connections!) who needed to travel through Moscow.

    Sergio Juan MembielaSergio Juan Membiela5 päivää sitten
  • Why are people surprised that Russians can make good maps, if it was the US that made these maps of USSR nobody would bat an eye

    Generic RantsGeneric Rants5 päivää sitten
    • sorry, but if USA made good maps even of USA i will be surprised.

      trololoevtrololoev4 päivää sitten
  • The WWII comment could be debated

    some dudesome dude5 päivää sitten
  • Very good.

    icumsrirachaicumsriracha5 päivää sitten
  • Where can we see a Russian map of Area 51 ?

    mrcellophane99mrcellophane995 päivää sitten
  • Great as always

    Úna ParkinsonÚna Parkinson5 päivää sitten
  • Well, either I’m mistaken or I just heard Jay’s distinctive tones doing a voice continuity on top telly channel Dave??!!

    Sprint955STSprint955ST5 päivää sitten
    • You’re not mistaken, I have done some voiceover work for Dave.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman5 päivää sitten
  • I'm just glad someone else identified the true victors of the 2nd world war

    Barry ScottBarry Scott5 päivää sitten
    • Yep, and Cillit Bang can easily wash away the tears of the salty Americans.

      CrazyInWestonCrazyInWestonPäivä sitten