Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain? 

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Jay Foreman
Jay Foreman 12 days ago
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iamthewallrus 8 hours ago
@Paul Sangiorgio men men men men
Tsass0 Day ago
@Skeptikalz and write very good adds for Skillshare
Todd Howard
Todd Howard 2 days ago
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 7 days ago
@Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.
yfelwulf 7 days ago
@Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.
TheClunkingFist 38 minutes ago
There are a lot of Russian names in your patreon list...
TheClunkingFist 45 minutes ago
"Don't look at it now, look at it later!" Crickey, you made me jump.
Da5id C
Da5id C 3 hours ago
Very few people knew very little about? So the rest of us knew all about them?
Kaney590 Gaming
Kaney590 Gaming 6 hours ago
christopher morrison
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.
EK X 10 hours ago
Mark ♥
asdf lkjh
asdf lkjh 10 hours ago
What we take down depends upon the military needs...so...
Tom O shea
Tom O shea 14 hours ago
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
Itza_me 21 hour ago
No-one guessing the maps at 5:19, ok New York Manhattan? Portsmouth & Isle of Wight Paris? London (tube) Prague?
marzmi 22 hours ago
Co on powiedział? 0:50
Vasili 22 hours ago
Vladimir Makarkin
Vladimir Makarkin 23 hours ago
Понимать надо. Люди работают.
Trickster Rickster
Trickster Rickster 23 hours ago
Thank you US-first algorithm, you have blessed me with another godlike channel. Satan bless the bots
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 23 hours ago
Google maps be like: I still have to learn much.
Cleen Rock Dog
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 👍
Jay Straw
Jay Straw Day ago
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.
Orwell 1984
Orwell 1984 Day ago
Winning World War 2. Sarcasm, please say that was sarcasm..
G H Day ago
Maybe they did invade not physically but culturally. You can't deny how communism is an upwards trend since then.
MagicEve 2 hours ago
I'd love to see it
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 23 hours ago
and I genuinely recommend it!) Thank you thank you thank you please! :)

Kaspar Nick Born
The Siegfried-Maps of my native country Switzerland are still the best!
Утерянный В Тумане
2:24 Guys, you should have put pencil in there. Missed opportunity.
Hairysteed Day ago
_"...always within 10,000 miles from a Russian spy"_ - ...or anyone
Iain Killion
Iain Killion Day ago
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
Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd
Cold war map off is my preferred name for arctic navigation.
v.0 Day ago
Jay Foreman: "Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?" Russia: "xexexe"
James Burton
James Burton 23 hours ago
Jay Foreman: "Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?" Russia: "Why don't you call yourself Hayley Cropper any more?"
Thecoolyoyo Day ago
I like your new haircut jay :)
Piotr Lenar
Piotr Lenar Day ago
This "Polish map" isn't from cold war era, rather it was made for polish pilots during WWII.
Mccdtk Day ago
Russia didn't even come up with vodka
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 Day ago
Epic Franek
Epic Franek Day ago
I'm polish No joke
Jacob Jørgensen
Poland allied during the Cold War? You mean soviet puppet?
Miranda Aniston
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.
6:06 but do not forget, that china, the ccp, is the bigger problem.
Captain Calculus
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 Day ago
U are so very good at those adds :)
Max Headrom
Max Headrom Day ago
You know there's a mistake at the start, right? Two, if you consider that you did not mention Dostoievski.
John Murphy
John Murphy Day ago
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 Wilkosz Day ago
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
Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?
Jade Nagi
Jade Nagi Day ago
Boooooooooo. You suck.
Derek McManus
They don't
StickTheGlue 2 days ago
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 Webber 2 days ago
I never thought anyone could make maps fun, well done.
Stig Martin
Stig Martin 2 days ago
Is this what BeardyMan does in his off time from creating epic tunes? 😂👍
Stig Martin
Stig Martin Day ago
@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! 🙈
Jay Foreman
Jay Foreman Day ago
Beardyman (Darren Foreman) is my brother, and he made the Map Men theme music for us.
Carlos C
Carlos C 2 days ago
Its the MAP, it’s the MAP, It’s the MAP, it’s the MAP, ‘tis the phucking map KOmrad
MoyBoy 2 days ago
Yo I’ve only just realised the ‘intro song’ is different every episode - pretty epic if u ask me
Женя Волков
Anna Rakovska
Anna Rakovska 2 days ago
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 MacGana 2 days ago
I never trust English guys who say Russia won the war. Way too beta
MagicEve 2 hours ago
@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.
dushas Day ago
@Cian MacGana =))
Cian MacGana
Cian MacGana Day ago
@dushas nah Britain won the war
dushas Day ago
pretty sure that's what you call it, when one side has inflicted 85-90% of casualties of the defeated side.
Mungo658 2 days ago
sweet surname bro
Pubg-Blsy 2 days ago
Winning ww2 ? Debatable
Jan 2 days ago
English people really should use Polish spelling, it's far easier! (I'm Polish of course)
Mister NovelBro
Mister NovelBro 2 days ago
"Winning WW2" GTFO
Dub Elements
Dub Elements 2 days ago
Dendi ?
Rhajdami centoria
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 2 days ago
What a ridiculous thing to say.
Jason. 2 days ago
They still put planes in our airspace.
Totally not a famous person with a fake name
should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead
Алексей Сушко
Look at Google map and on Yandex map...
The Monster
The Monster 2 days ago
U Fucking suck
Michal Jancik
Michal Jancik 2 days ago
4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃
zephyrandboreas 2 days ago
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.
HRTBRK 2 days ago
The way I was caught out by the “don’t watch it now, watch it later” spooked me😭
bouytt guyt
bouytt guyt 2 days ago
The Soviet maps warmly recommends the 123-metre spire of Salisbury.
-Lightning Will-
-Lightning Will- 2 days ago
It's bc they know who to be scared of
daviduribe004 2 days ago
lol russia "won" ww2
bouytt guyt
bouytt guyt 2 days ago
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
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 Rants 3 days ago
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 2 days ago
sorry, but if USA made good maps even of USA i will be surprised.
some dude
some dude 3 days ago
The WWII comment could be debated
icumsriracha 3 days ago
Very good.
mrcellophane99 3 days ago
Where can we see a Russian map of Area 51 ?
Úna Parkinson
Úna Parkinson 3 days ago
Great as always
Sprint955ST 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
You’re not mistaken, I have done some voiceover work for Dave.
Barry Scott
Barry Scott 3 days ago
I'm just glad someone else identified the true victors of the 2nd world war
René Larsen
René Larsen 3 days ago
Well Arnold Schwarzenegger let the cartographer go together with Jackie Chan from the jail in Tayna pechati drakona so im sure thats why..
Filu 3 days ago
Russian didnt made vodka
Łukasz Pawłowski
"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 STRW 3 days ago
So many subtitles in different languages and no russian...
KJV only
KJV only 3 days ago
Turn to Jesus Christ!
KJV only
KJV only 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
KJV only
KJV only 3 days ago
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
audrixn 3 days ago
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
audrixn 3 days ago
@Jay Foreman ohhh, i'll assume that was dobrze zrobione, meaning "well made" or "well done", is that right?
Jay Foreman
Jay Foreman 3 days ago
Dobre zdrobione. (Sorry I did such a terrible job pronouncing it!)
0:50 What he meant to say: "Dobrze zrobione!" What he actually said: *"DOBRE ŻRONIE!"*
Łukasz Pawłowski
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 3 days ago
As a german I am amused by "Saufend-on-si" bc "saufend" means "getting drunk" in german XD
Łukasz Pawłowski
Jawohl! I guess being saufend on see makes one much amused ;) .
JonatasMonte 3 days ago
Transliterated. I gotta remember that one.
JonatasMonte 3 days ago
0:00 You didn't mention Tolstoy!!!!
J MJ 3 days ago
"Polish allies" is a bit of a stretch.
Erik H—N
Erik H—N 3 days ago
Thanks again 👍Who’s the jazz pianist on the soundtrack in the end of the video?
William 3 days ago
6:25 is an oil field in California near Bakersfield.
Seikleiner 3 days ago
Очень нехорошо: выпустили ролик, касающийся России, однако перевели его на все наречия, которые только возможно, кроме русского :(
Seikleiner 3 days ago
Thank you very much, I will wait :)
Jay Foreman
Jay Foreman 3 days ago
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
New vid noice one lads. This reminds me of that bimig bang show when Sheldon reviews maps
Jacques Mertens
Jacques Mertens 3 days ago
Polish allies? Are you off your trolley? Since when does being occupied by the Russians mean you're on their side?
Jeremiah Carr
Jeremiah Carr 3 days ago
Polish Allies SHIT a brick poles if anything hated their soviet oppressors.
Alexandr Moroseac
Ю ар вэлком!
marlboro9tibike 3 days ago
In the soviet russia, you dont need maps, the maps need YOU!
Pat Reilly
Pat Reilly 4 days ago
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 kiou 4 days ago
Amazing video man
Саша Кумылганов
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 4 days ago
2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣
ninad pathak
ninad pathak 4 days ago
I like your new old look. old new look wasn't working as much.
Dan Dart
Dan Dart 4 days ago
The lack of excitement in "What's Skillshare?"
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