Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

11. jan.. 2021
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    • @Paul Sangiorgio men men men men

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    • @Skeptikalz and write very good adds for Skillshare

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    • 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

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

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

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

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  • These fellows appear hungry &/or sleep-deprived.

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

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  • Ъ

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

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

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • Mark ♥

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

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  • 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

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

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  • Co on powiedział? 0:50

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  • Commys

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  • Понимать надо. Люди работают.

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

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

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  • 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 👍

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  • 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.

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

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

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    • I'd love to see it

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


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

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

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

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  • 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

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

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

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

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  • I like your new haircut jay :)

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

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  • Russia didn't even come up with vodka

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  • 2:58 diskette.

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  • 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! 😊

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  • I'm polish No joke

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

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

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  • 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.

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  • U are so very good at those adds :)

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

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    • Boooooooooo. You suck.

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  • They don't

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  • 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

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

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

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    • @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! 🙈

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

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

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

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  • Кошмар!

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  • 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!!! :(

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

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    • @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.

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    • @Cian MacGana =))

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    • @dushas nah Britain won the war

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

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  • sweet surname bro

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  • Winning ww2 ? Debatable

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

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  • "Winning WW2" GTFO

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  • Dendi ?

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  • 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 :)

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    • What a ridiculous thing to say.

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  • They still put planes in our airspace.

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  • should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

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  • Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

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  • U Fucking suck

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  • 4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

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  • 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.

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

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

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  • It's bc they know who to be scared of

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  • lol russia "won" ww2

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    • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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

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  • The WWII comment could be debated

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  • Very good.

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

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  • Great as always

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

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

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

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

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  • Russian didnt made vodka

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

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

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  • Turn to Jesus Christ!

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    • 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.

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    • No.

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    • 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.

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  • Хехе)

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  • 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

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

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

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

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    • 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! :)

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

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

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  • Transliterated. I gotta remember that one.

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

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  • "Polish allies" is a bit of a stretch.

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

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

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

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    • Thank you very much, I will wait :)

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    • 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!

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

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

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

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  • Ю ар вэлком!

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

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

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