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

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    • iamthewallrus

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    • Todd Howard
      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

    • yfelwulf

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

    • yfelwulf

      @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

  • Глад Валакас ФЭК
    Глад Валакас ФЭК


  • Justin Bael
    Justin Bael

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

  • TheClunkingFist

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

  • TheClunkingFist

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

  • Da5id C
    Da5id C

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

  • Kaney590 Gaming
    Kaney590 Gaming


  • christopher morrison
    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
    EK X

    Mark ♥

  • asdf lkjh
    asdf lkjh

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

  • Tom O shea
    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

  • Itza_me

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

  • marzmi

    Co on powiedział? 0:50

  • Vasili


  • Vladimir Makarkin
    Vladimir Makarkin

    Понимать надо. Люди работают.

  • Trickster Rickster
    Trickster Rickster

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

  • bocoy noiu
    bocoy noiu

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

  • Cleen Rock Dog
    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

    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

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

  • G H
    G H

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

    • MagicEve

      I'd love to see it

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

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


  • Kaspar Nick Born
    Kaspar Nick Born

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

  • Утерянный В Тумане
    Утерянный В Тумане

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

  • Hairysteed

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

  • Iain Killion
    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

  • D Legionnaire
    D Legionnaire


  • Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd
    Ireallyshouldntbehere ltd

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

  • v.0

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

    • James Burton
      James Burton

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

  • Thecoolyoyo

    I like your new haircut jay :)

  • Piotr Lenar
    Piotr Lenar

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

  • Mccdtk

    Russia didn't even come up with vodka

  • ⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻⸻

    2:58 diskette.

  • 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! 😊

  • C H
    C H


  • Epic Franek
    Epic Franek

    I'm polish No joke

  • Jacob Jørgensen
    Jacob Jørgensen

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

  • TechnocraticDreadnought

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

  • Captain Calculus
    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

    U are so very good at those adds :)

  • Max Headrom
    Max Headrom

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

  • John Murphy
    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.

  • Ania Wilkosz
    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

  • Derek McManus
    Derek McManus

    Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

    • Jade Nagi
      Jade Nagi

      Boooooooooo. You suck.

  • Derek McManus
    Derek McManus

    They don't

  • 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

  • Justin Webber
    Justin Webber

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

  • Stig Martin
    Stig Martin

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

    • Stig Martin
      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! 🙈

    • Jay Foreman
      Jay Foreman

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

  • Carlos C
    Carlos C

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

  • MoyBoy

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

  • Женя Волков
    Женя Волков


  • Anna Rakovska
    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!!! :(

  • Cian MacGana
    Cian MacGana

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

    • 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.

    • dushas

      @Cian MacGana =))

    • Cian MacGana
      Cian MacGana

      @dushas nah Britain won the war

    • dushas

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

  • Mungo658

    sweet surname bro

  • Pubg-Blsy

    Winning ww2 ? Debatable

  • Jan

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

  • Mister NovelBro
    Mister NovelBro

    "Winning WW2" GTFO

  • Dub Elements
    Dub Elements

    Dendi ?

  • Rhajdami centoria
    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

      What a ridiculous thing to say.

  • Jason.

    They still put planes in our airspace.

  • Totally not a famous person with a fake name
    Totally not a famous person with a fake name

    should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

  • Алексей Сушко
    Алексей Сушко

    Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

  • The Monster
    The Monster

    U Fucking suck

  • Michal Jancik
    Michal Jancik

    4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

  • 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.


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

  • bouytt guyt
    bouytt guyt

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

  • -Lightning Will-
    -Lightning Will-

    It's bc they know who to be scared of

  • daviduribe004

    lol russia "won" ww2

    • bouytt guyt
      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

  • Sergio Juan Membiela
    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

    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

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

  • some dude
    some dude

    The WWII comment could be debated

  • icumsriracha

    Very good.

  • mrcellophane99

    Where can we see a Russian map of Area 51 ?

  • Úna Parkinson
    Úna Parkinson

    Great as always

  • Sprint955ST

    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

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

  • Barry Scott
    Barry Scott

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

  • René Larsen
    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..

  • Filu

    Russian didnt made vodka

  • Łukasz Pawłowski
    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

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

  • KJV only
    KJV only

    Turn to Jesus Christ!

    • KJV only
      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.

    • Jay Foreman
      Jay Foreman


    • KJV only
      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.

  • Ред стоунер
    Ред стоунер


  • 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

    • audrixn

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

    • Jay Foreman
      Jay Foreman

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

  • JustAPolishAmerican

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

    • Łukasz Pawłowski
      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

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

    • Łukasz Pawłowski
      Łukasz Pawłowski

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

  • JonatasMonte

    Transliterated. I gotta remember that one.

  • JonatasMonte

    0:00 You didn't mention Tolstoy!!!!

  • J MJ
    J MJ

    "Polish allies" is a bit of a stretch.

  • Erik H—N
    Erik H—N

    Thanks again 👍Who’s the jazz pianist on the soundtrack in the end of the video?

  • William

    6:25 is an oil field in California near Bakersfield.

  • Seikleiner

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

    • Seikleiner

      Thank you very much, I will wait :)

    • Jay Foreman
      Jay Foreman

      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
    Michal Lewandowski

    New vid noice one lads. This reminds me of that bimig bang show when Sheldon reviews maps

  • Jacques Mertens
    Jacques Mertens

    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

    Polish Allies SHIT a brick poles if anything hated their soviet oppressors.

  • Alexandr Moroseac
    Alexandr Moroseac

    Ю ар вэлком!

  • marlboro9tibike

    In the soviet russia, you dont need maps, the maps need YOU!

  • Pat Reilly
    Pat Reilly

    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

    Amazing video man

  • Саша Кумылганов
    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

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

  • ninad pathak
    ninad pathak

    I like your new old look. old new look wasn't working as much.

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