Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

Jay Foreman

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    Published on 14 days ago


    1. Jay Foreman

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      1. iamthewallrus

        @Paul Sangiorgio men men men men

      2. Tsass0

        @Skeptikalz and write very good adds for Skillshare

      3. Todd Howard

        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

      4. yfelwulf

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

      5. yfelwulf

        @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

    2. Stevster_11

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

    3. Helen Trope

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

    4. Arnab Manna

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

    5. Nom du Clavier

      "You're welcome"

    6. Antoni Polski


    7. Edmond Sveikutis

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

    8. Brock Casey

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

    9. Amna Naveed

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

    10. christopher bell

      Is this fun with flags but with maps ? XD

    11. seeni gzty

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

    12. Rumpel Pumpel

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

    13. mladenenglang

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

    14. Salmon RushDie

      These fellows appear hungry &/or sleep-deprived.

    15. Oscar Wind

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

    16. Justin Bael

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

    17. TheClunkingFist

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

    18. TheClunkingFist

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

    19. Da5id C

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

    20. Kaney590 Gaming


    21. 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.

    22. EK X

      Mark ♥

    23. asdf lkjh

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

    24. Tom O shea

      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

    25. Itza_me

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

    26. marzmi

      Co on powiedział? 0:50

    27. Vasili


    28. Vladimir Makarkin

      Понимать надо. Люди работают.

    29. Trickster Rickster

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

    30. bocoy noiu

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

    31. 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 👍

    32. Jay Straw

      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.

    33. Orwell 1984

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

    34. G H

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

      1. MagicEve

        I'd love to see it

      2. bocoy noiu

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


    35. Kaspar Nick Born

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

    36. Утерянный В Тумане

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

    37. Hairysteed

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

    38. Iain Killion

      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

    39. D Legionnaire


    40. Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd

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

    41. v.0

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

      1. James Burton

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

    42. Thecoolyoyo

      I like your new haircut jay :)

    43. Piotr Lenar

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

    44. Mccdtk

      Russia didn't even come up with vodka

    45. WookiesInOnesies

      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! 😊

    46. C H


    47. Epic Franek

      I'm polish No joke

    48. Jacob Jørgensen

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

    49. TechnocraticDreadnought

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

    50. 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.

    51. Tsass0

      U are so very good at those adds :)

    52. Max Headrom

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

    53. John Murphy

      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.

    54. Ania Wilkosz

      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

    55. Derek McManus

      Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

      1. Jade Nagi

        Boooooooooo. You suck.

    56. Derek McManus

      They don't

    57. StickTheGlue

      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

    58. Justin Webber

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

    59. Stig Martin

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

      1. Stig Martin

        @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! 🙈

      2. Jay Foreman

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

    60. Carlos C

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

    61. MoyBoy

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

    62. Женя Волков


    63. Anna Rakovska

      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!!! :(

    64. Cian MacGana

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

      1. MagicEve

        @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.

      2. dushas

        @Cian MacGana =))

      3. Cian MacGana

        @dushas nah Britain won the war

      4. dushas

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

    65. Mungo658

      sweet surname bro

    66. Pubg-Blsy

      Winning ww2 ? Debatable

    67. Jan

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

    68. Mister NovelBro

      "Winning WW2" GTFO

    69. Dub Elements

      Dendi ?

    70. 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 :)

      1. Jade Nagi

        What a ridiculous thing to say.

    71. Jason.

      They still put planes in our airspace.

    72. Totally not a famous person with a fake name

      should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

    73. Алексей Сушко

      Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

    74. The Monster

      U Fucking suck

    75. Michal Jancik

      4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

    76. zephyrandboreas

      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.

    77. HRTBRK

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

    78. bouytt guyt

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

    79. -Lightning Will-

      It's bc they know who to be scared of

    80. daviduribe004

      lol russia "won" ww2

      1. bouytt guyt

        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

    81. 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.

    82. Generic Rants

      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

      1. trololoev

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

    83. some dude

      The WWII comment could be debated

    84. icumsriracha

      Very good.

    85. mrcellophane99

      Where can we see a Russian map of Area 51 ?

    86. Úna Parkinson

      Great as always

    87. Sprint955ST

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

      1. Jay Foreman

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

    88. Barry Scott

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

      1. CrazyInWeston

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

    89. René Larsen

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

    90. Filu

      Russian didnt made vodka

    91. 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

    92. Pelena STRW

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

    93. KJV only

      Turn to Jesus Christ!

      1. KJV only

        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.

      2. Jay Foreman


      3. KJV only

        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.

    94. Ред стоунер


    95. audrixn

      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

      1. audrixn

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

      2. Jay Foreman

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

    96. JustAPolishAmerican

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

      1. 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! :)

    97. DieMimik

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

      1. Helen Trope

        How appropriate since that's what Brits like to do at the seaside.

      2. Łukasz Pawłowski

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

    98. JonatasMonte

      Transliterated. I gotta remember that one.