Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

Avaldati 11 jaan 2021
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JAY FOREMAN jayforeman
MARK COOPER-JONES markcooperjones
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JADE NAGI jade_nagi


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    • @Paul Sangiorgio men men men men

    • @Skeptikalz and write very good adds for Skillshare

    • 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

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

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

  • Vodka isnt Russian. Vodka is Polish

  • 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 eeclone.info/glo/qJ6TgZqjlG2RmIY/video. Also, it is nice to see you guys more often.

  • the sovjets has a disrespect towards copyright law. since there communist i hope so.

  • Polish allies ? For real ?

  • Winning ww2 lmao

  • There was one less “men” in the intro and it’s bothering meeee Anyone else

  • 2 week anniversrye?

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

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

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

  • "You're welcome"

  • Ok

  • I bet the last US president gave em all the information.

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

  • I hope they do a video on the kashmir border and dispute.

  • Is this fun with flags but with maps ? XD

  • Pure English humor..and such a finest theme.. oh man, I like it.

  • "dont watch it now! - watch it later" ... okay you got my full attention back xD sorry

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

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

  • They are in fact not wrong right wrong not even close to not being right not wrong about the Gorbachev thing.

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  • Russia really have some weird habits lately and map making isn't one of them

  • There are a lot of Russian names in your patreon list...

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

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


  • 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.

  • Mark ♥

  • What we take down depends upon the military needs...so...

  • 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

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

  • Co on powiedział? 0:50

  • Commys

  • Понимать надо. Люди работают.

  • Thank you EEclone algorithm, you have blessed me with another godlike channel. Satan bless the bots

  • Google maps be like: I still have to learn much.

  • 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 👍

  • 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.

  • Winning World War 2. Sarcasm, please say that was sarcasm..

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

    • I'd love to see it

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


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

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

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

  • 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


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

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

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

  • I like your new haircut jay :)

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

  • Russia didn't even come up with vodka

  • 2:58 diskette.

  • 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! 😊


  • I'm polish No joke

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

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

  • 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.

  • U are so very good at those adds :)

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

    • Boooooooooo. You suck.

  • They don't

  • 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

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

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

    • @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! 🙈

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

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

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

    • Wow I thought all the other ones were the same

  • Кошмар!

  • 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!!! :(

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

    • @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.

    • @Cian MacGana =))

    • @dushas nah Britain won the war

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

  • sweet surname bro

  • Winning ww2 ? Debatable

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

  • "Winning WW2" GTFO

  • Dendi ?

  • 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 :)

    • What a ridiculous thing to say.

  • They still put planes in our airspace.

  • should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

  • Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

  • U Fucking suck

  • 4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

  • 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.

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

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

  • It's bc they know who to be scared of

  • lol russia "won" ww2

    • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • The WWII comment could be debated

  • Very good.

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

  • Great as always

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

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

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

    • Yep, and Cillit Bang can easily wash away the tears of the salty Americans.

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

  • Russian didnt made vodka

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