Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

11 Jan 2021
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    Jay ForemanJay Foreman4 ditë më parë
    • @Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf2 orë më parë
    • @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf2 orë 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.

      Jimbob RobobJimbob Robob6 orë më parë
    • @thats not your bussines Unlike America that is about to become a 4th World Country.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf9 orë më parë
    • @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.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf9 orë më parë
  • Just spotted Copenhagen at 5.29. Greetings from a Danish map-fan.

    EsynnejyeEsynnejye13 minuta më parë
  • OMG You guys mentioned the Soviet Maps in Afghanistan and how they were used by the U.S. I never deployed, but when I trained using Afghanistan as a scenario, I was very, very confused when looking at the various maps of Afghanistan, I had NO idea why the most accurate, meticulous and most detailed map before the actual safelite images was completely in Russian.... Now I know!

    GeorgeGeorge33 minuta më parë
  • Any interest in Tartary Maps?

    Otakar KubyOtakar Kuby43 minuta më parë
  • They have the best spies

    YellowYellowOrë më parë
  • "And I for one welcome our new Soviet overlords."

    LydiaLydiaOrë më parë
  • Other countries: we’ve heard of this undiscovered area where nobodies ever chartered before Britian: 0:14

    L0U13 __L0U13 __Orë më parë
  • 3:44 where these spy icons from? Some videogame?

    Илья ЕфимовИлья ЕфимовOrë më parë
    • Chips Challenge

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman41 minutë më parë
  • I love how you included Georgy Malenkov in the list of leaders, despite being only a transitionary leader from Stalin to Khurshchev.

    RabidRacoonGamingRabidRacoonGamingOrë më parë
    • He’s on Wikipedia’s list, so he counts.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman41 minutë më parë
  • I found my town on the map

    Kars AnticsKars AnticsOrë më parë
  • 6:04 For anyone wondering, Кошмар literally means Nightmare, and can be used to express emotion when something goes wrong.

    foopyu noouifoopyu nooui2 orë më parë
  • Russia winning WW2? Aha. I never knew that. I do remember this saying from a Soviet Diplomat. "You guys went to war to stop Totalitarisme in Eastern Europe by Hitler, and you ensured it by us." Btw, i thought the west also had a part in it? Btw, i remember Poland was to be protected, by the Western Powers. Like Britain. Btw, i remember Stalin also invading Poland right after Hitler went in first (Stalin claiming he was not yet ready.) So yeah, i guess you are right.

    bertjesklotepinobertjesklotepino2 orë më parë
    • @foopyu nooui what do you mean?

      bertjesklotepinobertjesklotepino2 orë më parë
    • Still don’t have New Zealand on all of your maps

      foopyu noouifoopyu nooui2 orë më parë
  • The bit that you're in black suits next to the path and the building site fencing, is that turkey brook at forty hall. I know this is random

    Frank PrimayFrank Primay2 orë më parë
  • Cartography, Sovietism and niche knowledge, sounds like a wet dream. Great vid.

    Resortified HDResortified HD2 orë më parë
  • One word. HUMINT

    experiment506experiment5062 orë më parë
  • They were not "Russian leaders", ffs, they were Soviet. And if you want to inform about their nationality, well, most of them were Ukrainian.

    SergioSergio3 orë më parë
  • A detailed map of the Cuillin Ridge would be usefull, cos there ain't nothing I can find.

    neilneil3 orë më parë
  • Don't play with the Russians!! They even mapped the PMs bowel movements.

    DatamanDataman3 orë më parë
  • where the FUCK is the second "men" at the end of the intro i am not ok with this

    Eoin O'KellyEoin O'Kelly3 orë më parë
  • interesting but the over-perky-sing-song voices are unbearable. Sort it out lads, just be yourselves.

    SuperVHSchannelSuperVHSchannel3 orë më parë
  • “Winning World War 2.” Yeah, with US money

    iceturtle 1025iceturtle 10254 orë më parë
  • 3:38 "until no matter where you lived in the world, you were always at least 10,000 miles from a Russian spy." Where were the spies? In a medium Earth orbit?

    LeeSporkLeeSpork6 orë më parë
  • Old Soviet topographical maps are realty the best in the world. Highly detailed USSR Military Staff maps from 70s or 80s are still extremely popular among the hikers and alpinists in Russia and other ex-Soviet countries. No wonder they have made maps of other countries too. Going hiking in Scottish Highlands you better take old Soviet military map than the useless modern touristic one 😊 So, fellow British

    Dmitry S.Dmitry S.6 orë 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.

    Jimbob RobobJimbob Robob7 orë më parë
  • Question is were the non sovie maps meant for civilian use or not. Because if no, any basic knowledge about how military works can explain inaccuracies.

    TroubleMTroubleM7 orë më parë
  • Do one about google mars.

    sarcasmo57sarcasmo578 orë më parë
  • Russia is the guy on the internet you challege to for a 1v1, and then texts you back your address

    Dhruv DattaDhruv Datta8 orë më parë
  • Still don’t have New Zealand on all of your maps

    Jack MurphyJack Murphy8 orë më parë
  • I think you know why.

    Íris Eva GunnarsdóttirÍris Eva Gunnarsdóttir8 orë më parë
  • 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.

    yfelwulfyfelwulf9 orë më parë
  • I like how the conflict meter has ‘Not in the Christmas card list’ and ‘Nuke ‘em!’ with no gap between them

    mijuo rouimijuo roui10 orë më parë
  • The rough mall karunagappally bolt because rock cellularly coach besides a sick earth. shocking, loving punishment

    Gerard LigondeGerard Ligonde10 orë më parë
    • America defeated the wrong enemy in ww2.

      mijuo rouimijuo roui10 orë më parë
  • So they can find Salisbury 😉

    gpan62gpan6211 orë më parë
  • "Don't watch it nowwwww, watch it laterrrrrr..."

    numbereightysevennumbereightyseven11 orë më parë
  • Pure English humor..and such a finest theme.. oh man, I like it.

    Анатолий СафоновАнатолий Сафонов12 orë më parë
  • You guys really hate Frome!

    Matt McGregorMatt McGregor12 orë më parë
  • Why are you studying Polish? To learn how to pronounce English place names of course!

    Amazing Dancing TurnipsAmazing Dancing Turnips12 orë më parë
  • At some point, those map making spies must've thought "Gee, everything sure is a lot nicer here than it is at home. There was probably at least some hesitation to return to the soviet union and its brutalist architecture after the job was complete.

    Mongoose1BillionMongoose1Billion13 orë më parë
  • When they were actually in print East European city maps of the cold War era were much better than British ones, full colour printing with all the public transport routes layed out very neatly in different colours on the map, with the stops named, so that a stranger to the town or city, such as myself could easily navigate from the map.

    Robert HardyRobert Hardy13 orë më parë
  • i thought u guys were smosh at first lol

    antsoljaantsolja14 orë më parë
  • We must protect Uncle Colin at all cost

    andpustenandpusten14 orë më parë
  • i subscribed as soon as i heard that intro. YES

    darahdarah14 orë më parë
  • I hate my job, I hate my life, I want to get out of here, I want to learn new skills so I can start a new career.

    Kane KnightKane Knight14 orë më parë
  • "Polish Allies" more like Polish subjects

    Total SyamblesTotal Syambles14 orë më parë
  • Just stumbled on your channel, it’s so “Fun with flags” - I absolutely LOVE it! You guys have just gotten a new subscriber :)

    Rychard MartinezRychard Martinez14 orë më parë
  • The USSR inherited highly accurate military maps from the Russian Empire, most of the British maps were the best due to the Tsar and the King being cousins bringing a close military alliance between the two Imperial Empires.

    The Thanos Killing KindThe Thanos Killing Kind14 orë më parë
  • America defeated the wrong enemy in ww2.

    ShiverShiver15 orë më parë
  • Jay ваша личность была раскрыта. Немедленно покупайте билет в Москву. Агент СВР свяжется с вами как только сможет. Явка там же, если увидите фикус - явка провалена. Glory to Russia

    Сергей КудиновСергей Кудинов15 orë më parë
  • English vs Russia Maps ? I can't to choice because there are beatyfull at all. In Bulgaria we still use Russian Topo maps. It helps very well BUT... Some objects like war base is missing. Probably in English map is visible. Or the map have a mistakes with details of map (missing coordinates, or type of plan (like 1: 25 000)). If have a coordinates, always check with little Mathemathic tasks to find the real coordinate because in Bulgaria some maps was made with totally wrong details (Somewhere in North, but actual is South or fake name of the towns).

    Bogomil GeorgievBogomil Georgiev15 orë më parë
    • Watch the Depeche Mode Album from 1987 - Music for the Mases - Cover Album Photo. Soviet Map and Big Speaker like Easterns.

      Bogomil GeorgievBogomil Georgiev15 orë më parë
  • I mean, is it really surprising that your enemy has better maps than the public ones you released of your super secret facilities?

    Dennis PremoliDennis Premoli15 orë më parë
  • Winners tell the story for sure and this is a clear example.

    Joaquín RosJoaquín Ros15 orë më parë
  • Xeers from Mexico gals

    David LésparDavid Léspar15 orë më parë
  • You two found a lot of these maps in a scour of Eastern Europe? If that’s true, it’s one of the most amazing stories. And you can’t believe how please I am to hear Frome pronounced properly ... again 🙂

    Iain HIain H15 orë më parë
  • “What have the russians ever done for us?” *TETRIS*

    Gaming PotatoGaming Potato16 orë më parë
  • How do you make history so funny 😭

    Finn HannanFinn Hannan16 orë më parë
  • I'm pretty sure I've seen the Polish map before and it was for Polish pilots in WW2...which would make sense, and not the cold war/soviet era

    toy1606toy160616 orë më parë
  • Very detailed maps and bottom topography of Swedish river outlets into the baltic sea have surfaced in the post Soviet era. During the "Whiskey on the rocks"-incident when a swedish naval officer came aboard it he was shown detailed maps of the archipelago and they claimed to be lost. Later they realized their mistake and showed maps of the south baltic sea and said they had navigated with those...

    subwarpspeedsubwarpspeed17 orë më parë
  • 2:37 special effects to rival interstellar

    Garnet _gamingGarnet _gaming17 orë më parë
  • Cool but the Polish made vodka

    AllGameRiotAllGameRiot18 orë më parë
  • The Soviet maps warmly recommends the 123-metre spire of Salisbury.

    vinasu maajvinasu maaj18 orë më parë
  • MY SCHOOL USE YOUR POLITICS VIDEOS BRUH

    getaway drivergetaway driver18 orë më parë
  • 5:29 "кристиансхавн" means Christianshavn, this is in Copenhagen I know you bombed us hard during the Napoleonic wars but I am pretty sure Denmark isn't part of Britain just yet

    Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky18 orë më parë
    • All military have these kind of maps. Have to keep your spies busy, and planing starts with maps.

      vinasu maajvinasu maaj18 orë më parë
  • this is utter garbage, communist traitors in UK passed OS Maps onto the Soviets.

    joe loneyjoe loney19 orë më parë
  • they did a very good job considering they were rushing

    Gord SlaterGord Slater19 orë më parë
  • This channel is one of the very few who whenever they post a video I rush like hell to watch it. No matter what it's about. Fcking great job!

    SofiaSofia19 orë më parë
  • Wait, how come this video has so many different subtitles, as per usual, but... no Russian?

    truthbeginstruthbegins19 orë më parë
    • Russian’s on its way. I had a whole bunch of volunteers volunteer to translate the captions into their language, and the Russian one is taking them a little longer I guess. Shouldn’t be long now.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman15 orë më parë
  • Map men map men map men.....oh great now thats guna be stuck in my head for ages

    hddjdjdjdjdjdjd jdjrrjdnhddjdjdjdjdjdjd jdjrrjdn19 orë më parë
  • 0:24 Pure polish. Sauf-end on Sea.

    typo pittypo pit20 orë më parë
  • Plans for a Soviet world conquest.

    MikeIsMikeMikeIsMike20 orë më parë
  • The speech and mouth movements seems ever so slightly out of sync.

    IB FreelyIB Freely20 orë më parë
  • Lol Я и есть русский шпион.

    Роман СычевРоман Сычев20 orë më parë
  • Me like map. Me subscribe.

    KeyboardSamuraiKeyboardSamurai20 orë më parë
  • Кошмар! Они нас раскрыли! Ups, shh, you didn't see this! This is just an illusion...

    Mr RandomMr Random20 orë më parë
  • jesus christ your mouths shoot words out like an mg42. Slow down man!

    Timbo DewabemTimbo Dewabem20 orë më parë
    • you can always slow down the video playlist

      Mr. HatMr. Hat14 orë më parë
  • For two men who pride themselves on their geographical knowledge of important stuff like the fonts used by various London boroughs, I'm quite frankly shocked that you don't seem to be aware that Russia as a country did not exist for the vast majority of the twentieth century,. It was in fact, only one of 15 Soviet Republics. Just one of these, Kazakhstan, is larger than Europe. As for your comment that "Russia "won the war". This is offensive and ignorant. Like saying Kensington is the capital of the UK.. Overall loses were greatest in Ukraine. Ukraine's pre war population was 42 million, in 1945 it was 28.5 million. Per capita losses were highest in Belarus. In both these countries the civilian populations paid a heavy price (watch the film Come and See, set in Belarus) Don't write these people out of history.

    Drew BoydDrew Boyd20 orë më parë
  • The way text about «fun facts» flash on the screen for less than a second each gave me a headache, I stopped watching at about 90 seconds and I will never see it through. Stupid and childish way to make a video about something quite interesting in itself. ☹️

    WelfareBeastWelfareBeast20 orë më parë
    • @Jay Foreman So this is a video game? Count me out!

      WelfareBeastWelfareBeast14 orë më parë
    • It’s ALworld. You have a pause button.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman15 orë më parë
  • All military have these kind of maps. Have to keep your spies busy, and planing starts with maps.

    robert mccullyrobert mccully21 orë më parë
  • Russian spies did a good job.

    AMBEE 2772AMBEE 277221 orë më parë
  • The english are the baddies

    jeIIyjeIIy21 orë më parë
  • Chinese spyware zoom I see.

    attqattq21 orë më parë
  • Love the advertisement skits at the ends of these videos. Your creativity is really appreciated.

    Scott DiMiceliScott DiMiceli21 orë më parë
  • Jay Oneskin

    Johan CronmanJohan Cronman21 orë më parë
  • Is there a way one could fine these online?

    Tom PattersonTom Patterson21 orë më parë
    • There’s a link in the description.

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman15 orë më parë
  • The map of Bradford shows the junction of Haworth Rd and Bingley Rd. The West Bradford Golf Club is the most significant thing on it; and shows an obsession for covering every piddling little thing; a trait thankfully rare amongst Map Men.

    Glyn WatkinsGlyn Watkins21 orë më parë
  • 6:05 Кошмар! 😂

    Подобный ДанилПодобный Данил22 orë më parë
  • 2:29 missed oppertunity to make the pencil joke

    shady morsishady morsi22 orë më parë
  • Maybe the reason why the British didn't include building etc on the map of the navy base is because they want to make it as hard as possible for spies and foreign intelligence services. Don't think the British forgot or didn't know their land.

    Tom WTom W22 orë më parë
  • Wired had an extensive article on the subject. Not only UK maps but the ENTIRE WORLD maps. When companies began building GSM networks in the 90's throughout Africa and Asia they used old Soviet maps to set up networks. I worked making GIS applications pre Googlemaps for Vodafone Greece and I have a soft spot for geomapping content.

    Efstathios DimopoulosEfstathios Dimopoulos22 orë më parë
  • I live in St.Petersburg, there is definitely a Russian spy in my computer D:

    Greg BoldGreg Bold22 orë më parë
  • The fact that was only one men confused my brain aaaaaaaaaaa

    TomTom22 orë më parë
  • Skillshare, its kinda like youtube only it costs you money.

    Borat SagdiyevBorat Sagdiyev22 orë më parë
  • Jay is russia embodied because he said thank you.

    Neilos 1714Neilos 171422 orë më parë
  • Clickbait. The best maps of Britain are unquestionably those made by the Ordnance Survey. These come in a range of scales from 1;1250 up. OS maps are a global standard. Nobody makes better ones and they are publicly available.

    Rod FlemingRod Fleming23 orë më parë
    • True! I absolutely bloody love a good ordnance survey map!

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman15 orë më parë
  • Map Men is the best series on ALworld

    Write MindWrite Mind23 orë më parë
  • They're said to have the best map's of the worlds Sea floor as well.

    yfelwulfyfelwulf23 orë më parë
  • Incorrect Her Majesties Theatre reads the Home of Queens

    yfelwulfyfelwulf23 orë më parë
  • What do you mean the Russians won WW2 for us, without the allies help Russia would of lost and without Russia’s help the Allies would of lost

    Redbush 5Redbush 523 orë më parë
  • "There might be a Russian spy in your computer right now!" Youre right! Because im Russian!

    Hlebuw3kHlebuw3k23 orë më parë
  • 2:24 Loved the sonar sounds... IN SPAAAAAAAACE!!

    El HuachinangoEl Huachinango23 orë më parë
  • Soviets did not win ww2

    TheKitMurkitTheKitMurkit23 orë më parë
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