Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?


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  • Jay Foreman
    Jay Foreman11 ditë më parë

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  • Tsass0


    10 orë më parë

    @Skeptikalz and write very good adds for Skillshare

  • Todd Howard

    Todd Howard

    Ditë më parë

    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

  • yfelwulf


    6 ditë më parë

    @Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.

  • yfelwulf


    6 ditë më parë

    @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

  • Jimbob Robob

    Jimbob Robob

    6 ditë më parë

    Planning for an invasion is a bit of the usual paranoid middle class overreach about the USSR. As if a conventional bombing campaign might not have preceded a nuclear one or sabotage and special ops by agents and special forces wouldn't have been a thing. Invasion indeed! How paranoid. It's as if the anxiety over Putin has pushed aside the collapse of the USSR under it's own deficiencies when it was revealed to be almost certainly incapable of such a thing and had been for decades.

  • G H
    G HOrë më parë

    Maybe they did invade not physically but culturally. You can't deny how communism is an upwards trend since then.

  • Kaspar Nick Born
    Kaspar Nick BornOrë më parë

    The Siegfried-Maps of my native country Switzerland are still the best!

  • Утерянный В Тумане
    Утерянный В Тумане2 orë më parë

    2:24 Guys, you should have put pencil in there. Missed opportunity.

  • Hairysteed
    Hairysteed2 orë më parë

    _"...always within 10,000 miles from a Russian spy"_ - ...or anyone

  • Iain Killion
    Iain Killion2 orë më parë

    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

  • D Legionnaire
    D Legionnaire3 orë më parë


  • Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd
    Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd3 orë më parë

    Cold war map off is my preferred name for arctic navigation.

  • v.0
    v.04 orë më parë

    Jay Foreman: "Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?" Russia: "xexexe"

  • Thecoolyoyo
    Thecoolyoyo4 orë më parë

    I like your new haircut jay :)

  • Piotr Lenar
    Piotr Lenar4 orë më parë

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

  • Mccdtk
    Mccdtk4 orë më parë

    Russia didn't even come up with vodka

  • ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻
    ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻4 orë më parë

    2:58 diskette.

  • WookiesInOnesies
    WookiesInOnesies5 orë më parë

    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! 😊

  • C H
    C H6 orë më parë


  • Epic Franek
    Epic Franek7 orë më parë

    I'm polish No joke

  • Jacob Jørgensen
    Jacob Jørgensen8 orë më parë

    Poland allied during the Cold War? You mean soviet puppet?

  • Miranda Aniston
    Miranda Aniston8 orë më parë

    miniurl.es/milfhot8z1mz Nel loro impegno per migliorare la qualità della vita, dimenticano che la costante crescita quantitativa e la portata della nostra attività ci consentono di adempiere a compiti importanti per sviluppare i compiti stabiliti dalla società. E non c'è dubbio che molte personalità famose si mescolano a dati non univoci al punto da essere completamente irriconoscibili, il che aumenta il loro stato di inutilità.Le considerazioni ideologiche di ordine superiore, così come la pianificazione futura, giocano un ruolo decisivo nell'analisi dei modelli di comportamento esistenti. Tuttavia, non bisogna dimenticare che il nuovo modello di attività organizzativa offre ampie opportunità per ripensare le politiche economiche estere.💕 Assim, o conceito de alta tecnologia de estrutura social e perfeito para a implementacao de formas de influencia. Ate hoje, apenas os estados independentes continuam sendo o destino dos liberais que desejam ser distribuidos associativamente entre os setores.

  • TechnocraticDreadnought
    TechnocraticDreadnought10 orë më parë

    6:06 but do not forget, that china, the ccp, is the bigger problem.

  • Captain Calculus
    Captain Calculus10 orë më parë

    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.

  • Tsass0
    Tsass010 orë më parë

    U are so very good at those adds :)

  • Max Headrom
    Max Headrom16 orë më parë

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

  • John Murphy
    John Murphy17 orë më parë

    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.

  • Ania Wilkosz
    Ania Wilkosz18 orë më parë

    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

  • Derek McManus
    Derek McManus19 orë më parë

    Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

  • Derek McManus
    Derek McManus19 orë më parë

    They don't

  • StickTheGlue
    StickTheGlue19 orë më parë

    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

  • Justin Webber
    Justin Webber20 orë më parë

    I never thought anyone could make maps fun, well done.

  • Stig Martin
    Stig Martin20 orë më parë

    Is this what BeardyMan does in his off time from creating epic tunes? 😂👍

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    9 orë më parë

    Beardyman (Darren Foreman) is my brother, and he made the Map Men theme music for us.

  • Carlos C
    Carlos C21 orë më parë

    Its the MAP, it’s the MAP, It’s the MAP, it’s the MAP, ‘tis the phucking map KOmrad

  • MoyBoy
    MoyBoy21 orë më parë

    Yo I’ve only just realised the ‘intro song’ is different every episode - pretty epic if u ask me

  • Женя Волков
    Женя Волков21 orë më parë


  • Anna Rakovska
    Anna Rakovska22 orë më parë

    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!!! :(

  • Cian MacGana
    Cian MacGanaDitë më parë

    I never trust English guys who say Russia won the war. Way too beta

  • dushas


    Orë më parë

    @Cian MacGana =))

  • Cian MacGana

    Cian MacGana

    5 orë më parë

    @dushas nah Britain won the war

  • dushas


    7 orë më parë

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

  • Mungo658
    Mungo658Ditë më parë

    sweet surname bro

  • Pubg-Blsy
    Pubg-BlsyDitë më parë

    Winning ww2 ? Debatable

  • Jan
    JanDitë më parë

    English people really should use Polish spelling, it's far easier! (I'm Polish of course)

  • Mister NovelBro
    Mister NovelBroDitë më parë

    "Winning WW2" GTFO

  • Dub Elements
    Dub ElementsDitë më parë

    Dendi ?

  • Rhajdami centoria
    Rhajdami centoriaDitë më parë

    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 :)

  • Jade Nagi

    Jade Nagi

    Ditë më parë

    What a ridiculous thing to say.

  • Jason.
    Jason.Ditë më parë

    They still put planes in our airspace.

  • Totally not a famous person with a fake name
    Totally not a famous person with a fake nameDitë më parë

    should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

  • Алексей Сушко
    Алексей СушкоDitë më parë

    Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

  • The Monster
    The MonsterDitë më parë

    U Fucking suck

  • Michal Jancik
    Michal JancikDitë më parë

    4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

  • zephyrandboreas
    zephyrandboreasDitë më parë

    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.

    HRTBRKDitë më parë

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

  • bouytt guyt
    bouytt guytDitë më parë

    The Soviet maps warmly recommends the 123-metre spire of Salisbury.

  • -Lightning Will-
    -Lightning Will-Ditë më parë

    It's bc they know who to be scared of

  • daviduribe004
    daviduribe004Ditë më parë

    lol russia "won" ww2

  • bouytt guyt

    bouytt guyt

    Ditë më parë

    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

  • Sergio Juan Membiela
    Sergio Juan MembielaDitë më parë

    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.

  • Generic Rants
    Generic RantsDitë më parë

    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

  • trololoev


    Ditë më parë

    sorry, but if USA made good maps even of USA i will be surprised.

  • some dude
    some dudeDitë më parë

    The WWII comment could be debated

  • icumsriracha
    icumsrirachaDitë më parë

    Very good.

  • mrcellophane99
    mrcellophane99Ditë më parë

    Where can we see a Russian map of Area 51 ?

  • Úna Parkinson
    Úna ParkinsonDitë më parë

    Great as always

  • Sprint955ST
    Sprint955STDitë më parë

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

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    Ditë më parë

    You’re not mistaken, I have done some voiceover work for Dave.

  • Barry Scott
    Barry ScottDitë më parë

    I'm just glad someone else identified the true victors of the 2nd world war

  • René Larsen
    René Larsen2 ditë më parë

    Well Arnold Schwarzenegger let the cartographer go together with Jackie Chan from the jail in Tayna pechati drakona so im sure thats why..

  • Filu
    Filu2 ditë më parë

    Russian didnt made vodka

  • Łukasz Pawłowski
    Łukasz Pawłowski2 ditë më parë

    "Kolczyste" (Colchester) and "Sendłycz" (Sandwich) are my favourite on that map :) . "- Two kolczyste sandwiches pliizzz" would be like "Two spiky sandwiches please" ;) :D

  • Pelena STRW
    Pelena STRW2 ditë më parë

    So many subtitles in different languages and no russian...

  • KJV only
    KJV only2 ditë më parë

    Turn to Jesus Christ!

  • KJV only

    KJV only

    2 ditë më parë

    Isaiah 13:11 KJV And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    2 ditë më parë


  • KJV only

    KJV only

    2 ditë më parë

    Saint Luke 5:32 KJV I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Saint Luke 13:3 KJV I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

  • Ред стоунер
    Ред стоунер2 ditë më parë


  • audrien
    audrien2 ditë më parë

    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

  • audrien


    2 ditë më parë

    @Jay Foreman ohhh, i'll assume that was dobrze zrobione, meaning "well made" or "well done", is that right?

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    2 ditë më parë

    Dobre zdrobione. (Sorry I did such a terrible job pronouncing it!)

  • JustAPolishAmerican
    JustAPolishAmerican2 ditë më parë

    0:50 What he meant to say: "Dobrze zrobione!" What he actually said: *"DOBRE ŻRONIE!"*

  • Łukasz Pawłowski

    Łukasz Pawłowski

    2 ditë më parë

    If not for subtitles in Polish - I would have had no idea what he had said :) . Not to mention, that they just 1:1 translated English phrase "well done" - which no Polish person would have used in such a situation :D . So..., wcale NIE "dobrze zrobione" ;) Still, they tried - and Polish is no joke for foreigners so props for them! :)

  • DieMimik
    DieMimik2 ditë më parë

    As a german I am amused by "Saufend-on-si" bc "saufend" means "getting drunk" in german XD

  • Łukasz Pawłowski

    Łukasz Pawłowski

    2 ditë më parë

    Jawohl! I guess being saufend on see makes one much amused ;) .

  • JonatasMonte
    JonatasMonte2 ditë më parë

    Transliterated. I gotta remember that one.

  • JonatasMonte
    JonatasMonte2 ditë më parë

    0:00 You didn't mention Tolstoy!!!!

  • J MJ
    J MJ2 ditë më parë

    "Polish allies" is a bit of a stretch.

  • Erik H—N
    Erik H—N2 ditë më parë

    Thanks again 👍Who’s the jazz pianist on the soundtrack in the end of the video?

  • William
    William2 ditë më parë

    6:25 is an oil field in California near Bakersfield.

  • Seikleiner
    Seikleiner2 ditë më parë

    Очень нехорошо: выпустили ролик, касающийся России, однако перевели его на все наречия, которые только возможно, кроме русского :(

  • Seikleiner


    2 ditë më parë

    Thank you very much, I will wait :)

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    2 ditë më parë

    Sorry! I guess the Russian-speaking volunteer is taking longer than everybody else. I’m sure the Russian translation is coming soon. Hopefully no more than just a few days!

  • Michal Lewandowski
    Michal Lewandowski2 ditë më parë

    New vid noice one lads. This reminds me of that bimig bang show when Sheldon reviews maps

  • Jacques Mertens
    Jacques Mertens2 ditë më parë

    Polish allies? Are you off your trolley? Since when does being occupied by the Russians mean you're on their side?

  • Jeremiah Carr
    Jeremiah Carr2 ditë më parë

    Polish Allies SHIT a brick poles if anything hated their soviet oppressors.

  • Alexandr Moroseac
    Alexandr Moroseac2 ditë më parë

    Ю ар вэлком!

  • marlboro9tibike
    marlboro9tibike2 ditë më parë

    In the soviet russia, you dont need maps, the maps need YOU!

  • Pat Reilly
    Pat Reilly2 ditë më parë

    The comment about expecting Russian maps to be defective is such a good illustration of latent anti-communist ideology clouding our understanding

  • asioe kiou
    asioe kiou2 ditë më parë

    Amazing video man

  • Саша Кумылганов
    Саша Кумылганов2 ditë më parë

    Secret? I've got officer atlas literally at home from my father's day in the red army as a tank officer, and considering the size of the damn thing there is quite a lot of maps in there

  • asioe kiou

    asioe kiou

    2 ditë më parë

    2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣

  • ninad pathak
    ninad pathak2 ditë më parë

    I like your new old look. old new look wasn't working as much.

  • Dan Dart
    Dan Dart2 ditë më parë

    The lack of excitement in "What's Skillshare?"

  • Interplanetary Reconnaissance
    Interplanetary Reconnaissance2 ditë më parë

    You guys make some of the best content on ALthe

    JOHNNY MYTHO2 ditë më parë

    It's good to see Britain was actually an half interesting country back at the time and not a shithole only known for a pretty terrible series of books made for grown-up kids where you can get arrested for having a swiss army knife in your pockets.

  • Phillipa Kemi
    Phillipa Kemi2 ditë më parë

    Just found out there's a secret bunker for the regional government in my hometown.... That's unexpected

  • Ash Ackroyd
    Ash Ackroyd2 ditë më parë


  • A M
    A M2 ditë më parë

    "... until no matter where you lived in the world, you were always at least ten thousand miles from a russian spy" That got me lmao.

  • WestCoast Trainspotting
    WestCoast Trainspotting3 ditë më parë

    Dont watch it now, Watch it later. - Mark, 2020

  • Bojan Bojovic
    Bojan Bojovic3 ditë më parë

    First time here, you two are brilliant.

  • Zenek Ragdoll
    Zenek Ragdoll3 ditë më parë

    5:41 I like how everything is in Polenglish, but they left ,,Przyl." for przylądek (cape), I mean like ,,excuse me do you know where is przylądek Łodm-Point?"

  • Mattness Pl
    Mattness Pl3 ditë më parë

    Link to polish map, please, pretty please🙏

  • Ethan Nevermore

    Ethan Nevermore

    2 ditë më parë

    images.jomidav.com/M-31_Polish.html redatlasbook.com/topos_polish

  • jakey1995abc
    jakey1995abc3 ditë më parë

    I thought the Polish did take over the UK though?

  • Dennis Cambly
    Dennis Cambly3 ditë më parë

    it all started with beep, beep, beep, beep in 1957

  • Ivan Renov
    Ivan Renov3 ditë më parë

    How did they do it!? Answer: “they be the best at *I spy*

  • Klara
    Klara3 ditë më parë

    well......... why does snapchat have the best map overall?

  • Youtube Comment
    Youtube Comment3 ditë më parë

    FUN FACTS: - Stalin: Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize This is correct, in 1945 and 1948 for his efforts to end the second World War, he didn't win the Prize though. Hitler was also nominated (although the nomination was intended as sarcasm) for the Prize, in 1939. He didn't win it either. - Malenkov: Was known by the nickname "Two Jags" No evidence of this. British politician John Prescott did have this nickname, because he owned two Jaguar cars. There is a resemblence between Prescott and Malenkov in this picture - Khrushchev: Unsuccessfully tried to patent a self-boiling egg No evidence of this, nor for the existence of a self-boiling egg (patent). He was mostly bald (at least when he was in power), and a bald head can be referred to as an egg-head. - Brezhnev: His hands were superglued together throughout the 1970s No evidence of this, but the picture makes it look like this is the case - Andropov: He doesn't know who you are either This is probably true, depending on who you are. Andropov may be the least-known poast-war Soviet leader, possibly together with Chernenko, both due to their short time in office. - Chernenko: Was a huge fan of Catchphrase, and had every episode on VHS This is demonstrably untrue, as the first episode of the game show Catchphrase aired after Chernenko's death - Gorbachev: Did an advert for Pizza Hut in 1998. (Look it up!) This is true, you can find it on ALthe. In the advert, Gorbachev is seated in a Moscow branch of Pizza Hut with his real-life granddaughter while other customers argue about his legacy.

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    2 ditë më parë

    I absolutely love this comment!!!

    LOSERFACE3 ditë më parë

    But would they include Thameslink on their tube map?

  • Your No Beater
    Your No Beater3 ditë më parë

    2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣

  • sonofbulldozer
    sonofbulldozer3 ditë më parë

    Ive seen the Russian map of Barrow-in-Furness with the shipyard marked in very good detail

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