Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

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    Jay ForemanJay Foreman9 päivää sitten
    • @Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf4 päivää sitten
    • @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf4 päivää sitten
    • 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.

      Jimbob RobobJimbob Robob4 päivää sitten
    • @thats not your bussines Unlike America that is about to become a 4th World Country.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf5 päivää sitten
    • @Raged Ape evo Russia had Germany on the run before the Allies entered Europe they actually captured Berlin. They also at Americas request defeated Japan in just 2 weeks. America only fought 20% of the Japanese Army that had no equipment and had to steal food to operate. They used the A Bomb to stop them surrendering to Russia. FYI the British Army outfought and captured more territory than America in Europe you must have seen the movie version where America won.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf5 päivää sitten
  • 4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

    Michal JancikMichal JancikTunti 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.

    zephyrandboreaszephyrandboreas4 tuntia sitten
  • The way I was caught out by the “don’t watch it now, watch it later” spooked me😭

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

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

    -Lightning Will--Lightning Will-7 tuntia sitten
  • lol russia "won" ww2

    daviduribe004daviduribe0047 tuntia 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 tuntia 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 Membiela8 tuntia 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 Rants9 tuntia sitten
  • The WWII comment could be debated

    some dudesome dude9 tuntia sitten
  • Very good.

    icumsrirachaicumsriracha10 tuntia sitten
  • Where can we see a Russian map of Area 51 ?

    mrcellophane99mrcellophane9911 tuntia sitten
  • Great as always

    Úna ParkinsonÚna Parkinson11 tuntia sitten
  • Well, either I’m mistaken or I just heard Jay’s distinctive tones doing a voice continuity on top telly channel Dave??!!

    Sprint955STSprint955ST11 tuntia sitten
    • You’re not mistaken, I have done some voiceover work for Dave.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman9 tuntia sitten
  • I'm just glad someone else identified the true victors of the 2nd world war

    Barry ScottBarry Scott12 tuntia sitten
  • Well Arnold Schwarzenegger let the cartographer go together with Jackie Chan from the jail in Tayna pechati drakona so im sure thats why..

    René LarsenRené Larsen12 tuntia sitten
  • Russian didnt made vodka

    FiluFilu15 tuntia sitten
  • "Kolczyste" (Colchester) and "Sendłycz" (Sandwich) are my favourite on that map :) . "- Two kolczyste sandwiches pliizzz" would be like "Two spiky sandwiches please" ;) :D

    Łukasz PawłowskiŁukasz Pawłowski17 tuntia sitten
  • So many subtitles in different languages and no russian...

    Pelena STRWPelena STRW17 tuntia sitten
  • Turn to Jesus Christ!

    KJV onlyKJV only17 tuntia sitten
    • 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.

      KJV onlyKJV only15 tuntia sitten
    • No.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman17 tuntia sitten
    • 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.

      KJV onlyKJV only17 tuntia sitten
  • Хехе)

    Ред стоунерРед стоунер17 tuntia 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

    audrienaudrien17 tuntia sitten
    • @Jay Foreman ohhh, i'll assume that was dobrze zrobione, meaning "well made" or "well done", is that right?

      audrienaudrien16 tuntia sitten
    • Dobre zdrobione. (Sorry I did such a terrible job pronouncing it!)

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman17 tuntia sitten
  • 0:50 What he meant to say: "Dobrze zrobione!" What he actually said: *"DOBRE ŻRONIE!"*

    JustAPolishAmericanJustAPolishAmerican18 tuntia sitten
    • If not for the subtitles in Polish - I would have no idea what he said :) . Not to mention, that they just 1:1 translated Enlish phrase "well done" - which no Polish person would have used in such a situation :D . So..., wcale NIE "dobrze zrobione" ;) Still, they tried - an Polish language is no joke for foreigners co props for them! :)

      Łukasz PawłowskiŁukasz Pawłowski16 tuntia sitten
  • As a german I am amused by "Saufend-on-si" bc "saufend" means "getting drunk" in german XD

    DieMimikDieMimik20 tuntia sitten
    • Jawohl! I guess being saufend on see makes one much amused ;) .

      Łukasz PawłowskiŁukasz Pawłowski16 tuntia sitten
  • Transliterated. I gotta remember that one.

    JonatasMonteJonatasMonte21 tunti sitten
  • 0:00 You didn't mention Tolstoy!!!!

    JonatasMonteJonatasMonte21 tunti sitten
  • "Polish allies" is a bit of a stretch.

    J MJJ MJ21 tunti sitten
  • Thanks again 👍Who’s the jazz pianist on the soundtrack in the end of the video?

    Erik H—NErik H—N23 tuntia sitten
  • 6:25 is an oil field in California near Bakersfield.

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

    SeikleinerSeikleinerPäivä sitten
    • Thank you very much, I will wait :)

      SeikleinerSeikleiner20 tuntia sitten
    • 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!

      Jay ForemanJay ForemanPäivä sitten
  • New vid noice one lads. This reminds me of that bimig bang show when Sheldon reviews maps

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

    Jacques MertensJacques MertensPäivä sitten
  • Polish Allies SHIT a brick poles if anything hated their soviet oppressors.

    Jeremiah CarrJeremiah CarrPäivä sitten
  • Ю ар вэлком!

    Alexandr MoroseacAlexandr MoroseacPäivä sitten
  • In the soviet russia, you dont need maps, the maps need YOU!

    marlboro9tibikemarlboro9tibikePäivä sitten
  • The comment about expecting Russian maps to be defective is such a good illustration of latent anti-communist ideology clouding our understanding

    Pat ReillyPat ReillyPäivä sitten
  • Amazing video man

    asioe kiouasioe kiouPäivä sitten
  • 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

    Саша КумылгановСаша КумылгановPäivä sitten
    • 2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣

      asioe kiouasioe kiouPäivä sitten
  • I like your new old look. old new look wasn't working as much.

    ninad pathakninad pathakPäivä sitten
  • The lack of excitement in "What's Skillshare?"

    Dan DartDan DartPäivä sitten
  • You guys make some of the best content on FIboth

    Interplanetary ReconnaissanceInterplanetary ReconnaissancePäivä sitten
  • 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.

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

    Phillipa KemiPhillipa KemiPäivä sitten
  • redatlasbook.com/cityplansuk

    Ash AckroydAsh AckroydPäivä sitten
  • "... 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.

    A MA MPäivä sitten
  • Dont watch it now, Watch it later. - Mark, 2020

    WestCoast TrainspottingWestCoast TrainspottingPäivä sitten
  • First time here, you two are brilliant.

    Bojan BojovicBojan BojovicPäivä sitten
  • 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?"

    Zenek RagdollZenek RagdollPäivä sitten
  • Link to polish map, please, pretty please🙏

    Mattness PlMattness PlPäivä sitten
    • images.jomidav.com/M-31_Polish.html redatlasbook.com/topos_polish

      Ethan NevermoreEthan Nevermore12 tuntia sitten
  • I thought the Polish did take over the UK though?

    jakey1995abcjakey1995abcPäivä sitten
  • it all started with beep, beep, beep, beep in 1957

    Dennis CamblyDennis CamblyPäivä sitten
  • How did they do it!? Answer: “they be the best at *I spy*

    Ivan RenovIvan RenovPäivä sitten
  • well......... why does snapchat have the best map overall?

    KlaraKlaraPäivä sitten
  • 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 FIboth. 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.

    Youtube CommentYoutube CommentPäivä sitten
    • I absolutely love this comment!!!

      Jay ForemanJay ForemanPäivä sitten
  • But would they include Thameslink on their tube map?

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

    Your No BeaterYour No BeaterPäivä sitten
  • Ive seen the Russian map of Barrow-in-Furness with the shipyard marked in very good detail

    sonofbulldozersonofbulldozerPäivä sitten
  • I like your Russian secret agent at 3:43. Trigger Happy TV, "you're not grey squirrel?"

    Quiet CornerQuiet CornerPäivä sitten
  • Just stumbled upon this 😂 wtf those guys are so weird and funny

    Fr00terFr00terPäivä sitten
  • You missed the last 'men' on the song.

    Rick Jason ObreroRick Jason ObreroPäivä sitten
    • Well, Hayley Cropper is officially a woman, so in reality there is just one man.

      James BurtonJames BurtonPäivä sitten
  • PotatoeS? :)

    TomekTomekPäivä sitten

    Oliver and Rory O'NeillOliver and Rory O'NeillPäivä sitten

    Suðringa oSuðringa oPäivä sitten
    • You mean stop acknowledging reality?

      raney150raney1505 tuntia sitten
  • Кошмар... То есть, круто).

    Гуглеслав ЮтубовГуглеслав ЮтубовPäivä sitten
  • Hungarians also made a spam a lot :) spam anagram maps.

    PhyarthPhyarthPäivä sitten
  • But why would Polish pilots - or American, for that matter - be interested in the British pronunciation of British place-names? In order to ask local air-control for permission to bomb? Or to ask for their way to the target-city? Oh, I know. Foreigners are stupid. Otherwise, they would be British.

    Chavdar NaidenovChavdar NaidenovPäivä sitten
    • If they're downed, they might need to ask the locals for the directions to the nearest frontline so they can get back in action faster. :-)

      EleyvieEleyvie19 tuntia sitten
  • How many Russians fought in the Pacific Theatre in WW2? Zero. Russians didnt win WW2

    Andrew HineAndrew Hine2 päivää sitten
  • To These blokes.... Didn't you know, Education shouldn't be funny and that, while having a laugh it might actually sink in to audiences memory... Thats wrong wrong wrong Wrong. Its supposed to be BOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRIIIIIINNNNNNNG🥱🥱😴😴😴😴 Nah just stirring yas. Some of your videos reminds me of Monty Python's skits, and I end up waking up the missus or the baby from my laughter late at night. Keep Up The Good Shit 👍 ya Funny Fuckers👍🤣👍

    Aussie Aus DeutschlandAussie Aus Deutschland2 päivää sitten
  • LOL whats laughable is thinking the Polish troops would have tried that hard for the USSR.

    Rex HolesRex Holes2 päivää sitten
  • 1:21 I mean, Andropov is dead, but if he was alive, he would DEFINITELY know who we all are, that was basically his job.

    cd6xccd6xc2 päivää sitten
  • OMG These Polish-pronunciation names on maps made my head hurt. And I am Polish... OMG, Roczyste... :)

    Maciej MannaMaciej Manna2 päivää sitten
  • So Soviets wanted to turn the world to Communism through massive invasions supported by highly detailed maps just so they could colonise Mars and Venus in 1999, but Gorbachev and American CIA prevented it all? Damn, I really do live in the wrong timeline!

    SMGJohnSMGJohn2 päivää sitten
  • Me a russian watching this video: Кажется меня раскрыли...

    Caper DzCaper Dz2 päivää sitten
    • Бгци момеит

      Man SpaghettiMan Spaghetti4 tuntia sitten
  • Guys I...don't know how to tell you this but...the Communists won.

    Cos Its 167Cos Its 1672 päivää sitten
  • Yuri was right™️

    Cos Its 167Cos Its 1672 päivää sitten
  • The Soviet Union had mapped out the Swedish and Finnish archipelago far better than Sweden and Finland They had also mapped out Swedish/Finnish rivers/streams if they were suitable for their tanks to traverse

    Simon KyröSimon Kyrö2 päivää sitten
  • My father in law is Russian, and he told me the story of how ships going down the Volga River had pilots come on board at certain times during their voyage armed with special maps dating back to Stalin times to assist in the safe navigation. These maps were jealously guarded as 'secret' by the pilots, so you imagine their horror when after peristroika and the opening of borders with the West, a Captain produced a Michelin map of the Volga which was far more detailed than that held by the official pilots! The advantages of satellite photographic topography!

    Neil JakemanNeil Jakeman2 päivää sitten
  • I saw a Russian kill a wolf with his bare hands in the news last week.... I did.

    Mr Paulie Fenners76Mr Paulie Fenners762 päivää sitten
  • not to be a dick but I'm Polish and I had to turn on CC to see what Jay said around 0:50 lol

    wolfgang amadeus gokartwolfgang amadeus gokart2 päivää sitten
  • i prefere russian spies to american corporations

    Louis Vanden BrouckeLouis Vanden Broucke2 päivää sitten
  • I never thought Hayley Cropper would become a cartographer.

    James BurtonJames Burton2 päivää sitten
  • Why do people use that phrase, "destroyed many times over"? Because surely by the first time it's destroyed, there's nothing left to destroy, so one can't destroy something many times over unless they first rebuild it before once again destroying it. Sorry lads, my just Brainworks that way, I can't help it, it's like fir eg, when one has long hair, they go get it cut short And Someone says, have you had you hair cut, or when you're putting your coat on and someone always says "what are you looking out then". Enjoyable video.

    Peter MalliaPeter Mallia2 päivää sitten
  • Map Men: check out the Red Atlas it’s great Online shopping: unavailable Me: may as well buy the map men mug then.

    ChaddlingKChaddlingK2 päivää sitten
  • Where did that second, slightly off-beat, “men” go from the end of the title music?!

    Henry Webster Plays ViolinHenry Webster Plays Violin2 päivää sitten
    • Well, Hayley Cropper is officially a woman, so in reality there is just one man.

      James BurtonJames BurtonPäivä sitten
  • Yeah, so, I have no idea what you said at 0:50. Care to explain?

    EphodixEphodix2 päivää sitten
    • @Jay Foreman oh, ok! That a literal translation and it doesn't really mean "well done" as in a complement. It means something is done well. More like a "-Hey, are you sure this translation is correct? -Tak, to jest dobrze zrobione".

      EphodixEphodix2 päivää sitten
    • “Dobre zdrobione” when pronounced properly (which I didn’t do) means “well done”.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman2 päivää sitten
  • Why is this video always in my reccomendations?

    Vitali AbadalVitali Abadal2 päivää sitten
    • Always? It’s not quite a week old yet.

      Jade NagiJade Nagi2 päivää sitten
  • 1:24 - That's a nice topografisk kart over Norge. 👍

    Andreas KristensenAndreas Kristensen2 päivää sitten
  • If i ever got spied on, I'll let them know who's the best Japanese Porn Actress of the year Thank you

    saledin2012saledin20122 päivää sitten
  • Don't forget spreading communism 😂

    Joshua ChinJoshua Chin2 päivää sitten

    Towshif E RabbiTowshif E Rabbi2 päivää sitten
  • When he said dont watch it now.. watch it later I for looking up gorbachevs pizzahut commercial.. I watched it Later.

    Der MeesterDer Meester2 päivää sitten
  • Jay (I think I dont recall): Dont watch it now Watch it latee Me scrollimg to find it:.fuck

    twenty one cries for helptwenty one cries for help2 päivää sitten
  • So the plan was to send polish soldiers to invade UK? Is there any way to see a complete picture of all these plans, or any alternate fiction based on this?

    João Nuno LourençoJoão Nuno Lourenço2 päivää sitten
  • Vodka is poison... Also WW2 was a combined effort. But you know what the Russians did? They took care of the Grand Armee and Napoleon. They also sent the first satellite into orbit, (ok, ok all the former Soviet countries get a credit for the last one). Also what about Pushkin? Lermontov? Shostakovich? Solzhenitsyn? Yesenin? Gluhowski?

    R. J. LombardiR. J. Lombardi2 päivää sitten
  • Russians fly unnanounced thru europe airspace with bombers and fighters they dont give a shit but if we do that in their airspace we get shot down after 1 min

    Mezelf Om dat hetkanMezelf Om dat hetkan2 päivää sitten
  • Hey, first take is slightly offensive, we appreciated Sir Conan Doil works way to much back then so make our own version of Sherlock Holmes

    ErieErie2 päivää sitten
    • I bet the Russians have a map of this room right now!!! Gah! 😣...

      yaliso gioouyyaliso gioouy2 päivää sitten
  • Russians scare me.

    Shahin TajeriShahin Tajeri2 päivää sitten
    • допустим

      yaliso gioouyyaliso gioouy2 päivää sitten
  • Fun fact: Even MCU Hydra has Soviet spies in their ranks.:v

    Darius TiapulaDarius Tiapula2 päivää sitten
  • Greetings from Poland my fellow map-mans

    Sebastian WolskiSebastian Wolski2 päivää sitten
  • Mhhh, Getting nuked or ruled by Communists, Getting nuked or ruled by Communists ... . Tough choice.

    HauntedPancakeHauntedPancake2 päivää sitten