Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

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    Jay ForemanJay Foreman10 күн мурун
    • 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

      Todd HowardTodd Howard14 саат мурун
    • @Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf5 күн мурун
    • @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf5 күн мурун
    • 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 Robob5 күн мурун
    • @thats not your bussines Unlike America that is about to become a 4th World Country.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf6 күн мурун
  • You know there's a mistake at the start, right? Two, if you consider that you did not mention Dostoievski.

    Max HeadromMax Headrom4 саат мурун
  • 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.

    John MurphyJohn Murphy4 саат мурун
  • 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

    Ania WilkoszAnia Wilkosz5 саат мурун
  • Are these Soy Boys gay lovers?

    Derek McManusDerek McManus6 саат мурун
  • They don't

    Derek McManusDerek McManus6 саат мурун
  • 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

    StickTheGlueStickTheGlue7 саат мурун
  • I never thought anyone could make maps fun, well done.

    Justin WebberJustin Webber8 саат мурун
  • Is this what BeardyMan does in his off time from creating epic tunes? 😂👍

    Stig MartinStig Martin8 саат мурун
  • Its the MAP, it’s the MAP, It’s the MAP, it’s the MAP, ‘tis the phucking map KOmrad

    Carlos CCarlos C8 саат мурун
  • Yo I’ve only just realised the ‘intro song’ is different every episode - pretty epic if u ask me

    MoyBoyMoyBoy8 саат мурун
  • Кошмар!

    Женя ВолковЖеня Волков8 саат мурун
  • 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!!! :(

    Anna RakovskaAnna Rakovska9 саат мурун
  • I never trust English guys who say Russia won the war. Way too beta

    Cian MacGanaCian MacGana12 саат мурун
  • sweet surname bro

    Mungo658Mungo65812 саат мурун
  • Winning ww2 ? Debatable

    Pubg-BlsyPubg-Blsy13 саат мурун
  • English people really should use Polish spelling, it's far easier! (I'm Polish of course)

    JanJan13 саат мурун
  • "Winning WW2" GTFO

    Mister NovelBroMister NovelBro15 саат мурун
  • Dendi ?

    Dub ElementsDub Elements16 саат мурун
  • 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 :)

    Rhajdami centoriaRhajdami centoria18 саат мурун
    • What a ridiculous thing to say.

      Jade NagiJade Nagi16 саат мурун
  • They still put planes in our airspace.

    Jason.Jason.18 саат мурун
  • should be asking "who gives a fuck?" lnstead

    Totally not a famous person with a fake nameTotally not a famous person with a fake name18 саат мурун
  • Look at Google map and on Yandex map...

    Алексей СушкоАлексей Сушко18 саат мурун
  • U Fucking suck

    The MonsterThe Monster21 саат мурун
  • 4:05 Žilina , Slovakia ... 😃

    Michal JancikMichal JancikКүн мурун
  • 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.

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

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

    bouytt guytbouytt guytКүн мурун
  • It's bc they know who to be scared of

    -Lightning Will--Lightning Will-Күн мурун
  • lol russia "won" ww2

    daviduribe004daviduribe004Күн мурун
    • 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

      bouytt guytbouytt guytКүн мурун
  • 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.

    Sergio Juan MembielaSergio Juan MembielaКүн мурун
  • 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

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

      trololoevtrololoev11 саат мурун
  • The WWII comment could be debated

    some dudesome dudeКүн мурун
  • Very good.

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

    mrcellophane99mrcellophane99Күн мурун
  • Great as always

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

    Sprint955STSprint955STКүн мурун
    • You’re not mistaken, I have done some voiceover work for Dave.

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

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

    René LarsenRené LarsenКүн мурун
  • Russian didnt made vodka

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

    Łukasz PawłowskiŁukasz PawłowskiКүн мурун
  • So many subtitles in different languages and no russian...

    Pelena STRWPelena STRWКүн мурун
  • Turn to Jesus Christ!

    KJV onlyKJV onlyКүн мурун
    • 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.

      KJV onlyKJV onlyКүн мурун
    • No.

      Jay ForemanJay ForemanКүн мурун
    • 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.

      KJV onlyKJV onlyКүн мурун
  • Хехе)

    Ред стоунерРед стоунерКүн мурун
  • 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

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

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

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

    JustAPolishAmericanJustAPolishAmericanКүн мурун
    • 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! :)

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

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

      Łukasz PawłowskiŁukasz PawłowskiКүн мурун
  • Transliterated. I gotta remember that one.

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

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

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

    Erik H—NErik H—NКүн мурун
  • 6:25 is an oil field in California near Bakersfield.

    WilliamWilliam2 күн мурун
  • Очень нехорошо: выпустили ролик, касающийся России, однако перевели его на все наречия, которые только возможно, кроме русского :(

    SeikleinerSeikleiner2 күн мурун
    • Thank you very much, I will wait :)

      SeikleinerSeikleinerКүн мурун
    • 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!

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

    Michal LewandowskiMichal Lewandowski2 күн мурун
  • Polish allies? Are you off your trolley? Since when does being occupied by the Russians mean you're on their side?

    Jacques MertensJacques Mertens2 күн мурун
  • Polish Allies SHIT a brick poles if anything hated their soviet oppressors.

    Jeremiah CarrJeremiah Carr2 күн мурун
  • Ю ар вэлком!

    Alexandr MoroseacAlexandr Moroseac2 күн мурун
  • In the soviet russia, you dont need maps, the maps need YOU!

    marlboro9tibikemarlboro9tibike2 күн мурун
  • The comment about expecting Russian maps to be defective is such a good illustration of latent anti-communist ideology clouding our understanding

    Pat ReillyPat Reilly2 күн мурун
  • Amazing video man

    asioe kiouasioe kiou2 күн мурун
  • 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

    Саша КумылгановСаша Кумылганов2 күн мурун
    • 2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣

      asioe kiouasioe kiou2 күн мурун
  • I like your new old look. old new look wasn't working as much.

    ninad pathakninad pathak2 күн мурун
  • The lack of excitement in "What's Skillshare?"

    Dan DartDan Dart2 күн мурун
  • You guys make some of the best content on KGcode

    Interplanetary ReconnaissanceInterplanetary Reconnaissance2 күн мурун
  • It's good to see Britain was actually an half interesting country back at the time and not a shithole only known for a pretty terrible series of books made for grown-up kids where you can get arrested for having a swiss army knife in your pockets.

  • Just found out there's a secret bunker for the regional government in my hometown.... That's unexpected

    Phillipa KemiPhillipa Kemi2 күн мурун
  • redatlasbook.com/cityplansuk

    Ash AckroydAsh Ackroyd2 күн мурун
  • "... until no matter where you lived in the world, you were always at least ten thousand miles from a russian spy" That got me lmao.

    A MA M2 күн мурун
  • Dont watch it now, Watch it later. - Mark, 2020

    WestCoast TrainspottingWestCoast Trainspotting2 күн мурун
  • First time here, you two are brilliant.

    Bojan BojovicBojan Bojovic2 күн мурун
  • 5:41 I like how everything is in Polenglish, but they left ,,Przyl." for przylądek (cape), I mean like ,,excuse me do you know where is przylądek Łodm-Point?"

    Zenek RagdollZenek Ragdoll2 күн мурун
  • Link to polish map, please, pretty please🙏

    Mattness PlMattness Pl2 күн мурун
    • images.jomidav.com/M-31_Polish.html redatlasbook.com/topos_polish

      Ethan NevermoreEthan NevermoreКүн мурун
  • I thought the Polish did take over the UK though?

    jakey1995abcjakey1995abc2 күн мурун
  • it all started with beep, beep, beep, beep in 1957

    Dennis CamblyDennis Cambly2 күн мурун
  • How did they do it!? Answer: “they be the best at *I spy*

    Ivan RenovIvan Renov2 күн мурун
  • well......... why does snapchat have the best map overall?

    KlaraKlara2 күн мурун
  • FUN FACTS: - Stalin: Twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize This is correct, in 1945 and 1948 for his efforts to end the second World War, he didn't win the Prize though. Hitler was also nominated (although the nomination was intended as sarcasm) for the Prize, in 1939. He didn't win it either. - Malenkov: Was known by the nickname "Two Jags" No evidence of this. British politician John Prescott did have this nickname, because he owned two Jaguar cars. There is a resemblence between Prescott and Malenkov in this picture - Khrushchev: Unsuccessfully tried to patent a self-boiling egg No evidence of this, nor for the existence of a self-boiling egg (patent). He was mostly bald (at least when he was in power), and a bald head can be referred to as an egg-head. - Brezhnev: His hands were superglued together throughout the 1970s No evidence of this, but the picture makes it look like this is the case - Andropov: He doesn't know who you are either This is probably true, depending on who you are. Andropov may be the least-known poast-war Soviet leader, possibly together with Chernenko, both due to their short time in office. - Chernenko: Was a huge fan of Catchphrase, and had every episode on VHS This is demonstrably untrue, as the first episode of the game show Catchphrase aired after Chernenko's death - Gorbachev: Did an advert for Pizza Hut in 1998. (Look it up!) This is true, you can find it on KGcode. In the advert, Gorbachev is seated in a Moscow branch of Pizza Hut with his real-life granddaughter while other customers argue about his legacy.

    Youtube CommentYoutube Comment2 күн мурун
    • I absolutely love this comment!!!

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman2 күн мурун
  • But would they include Thameslink on their tube map?

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

    Your No BeaterYour No Beater2 күн мурун
  • Ive seen the Russian map of Barrow-in-Furness with the shipyard marked in very good detail

    sonofbulldozersonofbulldozer2 күн мурун
  • I like your Russian secret agent at 3:43. Trigger Happy TV, "you're not grey squirrel?"

    Quiet CornerQuiet Corner2 күн мурун
  • Just stumbled upon this 😂 wtf those guys are so weird and funny

    Fr00terFr00ter2 күн мурун
  • You missed the last 'men' on the song.

    Rick Jason ObreroRick Jason Obrero2 күн мурун
    • Well, Hayley Cropper is officially a woman, so in reality there is just one man.

      James BurtonJames Burton2 күн мурун
  • PotatoeS? :)

    TomekTomek2 күн мурун

    Oliver and Rory O'NeillOliver and Rory O'Neill2 күн мурун

    Suðringa oSuðringa o2 күн мурун
    • You mean stop acknowledging reality?

      raney150raney150Күн мурун
  • Кошмар... То есть, круто).

    Гуглеслав ЮтубовГуглеслав Ютубов2 күн мурун
  • Hungarians also made a spam a lot :) spam anagram maps.

    PhyarthPhyarth2 күн мурун
  • But why would Polish pilots - or American, for that matter - be interested in the British pronunciation of British place-names? In order to ask local air-control for permission to bomb? Or to ask for their way to the target-city? Oh, I know. Foreigners are stupid. Otherwise, they would be British.

    Chavdar NaidenovChavdar Naidenov2 күн мурун
    • If they're downed, they might need to ask the locals for the directions to the nearest frontline so they can get back in action faster. :-)

      EleyvieEleyvieКүн мурун
  • How many Russians fought in the Pacific Theatre in WW2? Zero. Russians didnt win WW2

    Andrew HineAndrew Hine2 күн мурун
  • To These blokes.... Didn't you know, Education shouldn't be funny and that, while having a laugh it might actually sink in to audiences memory... Thats wrong wrong wrong Wrong. Its supposed to be BOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRIIIIIINNNNNNNG🥱🥱😴😴😴😴 Nah just stirring yas. Some of your videos reminds me of Monty Python's skits, and I end up waking up the missus or the baby from my laughter late at night. Keep Up The Good Shit 👍 ya Funny Fuckers👍🤣👍

    Aussie Aus DeutschlandAussie Aus Deutschland3 күн мурун
  • LOL whats laughable is thinking the Polish troops would have tried that hard for the USSR.

    Rex HolesRex Holes3 күн мурун
  • 1:21 I mean, Andropov is dead, but if he was alive, he would DEFINITELY know who we all are, that was basically his job.

    cd6xccd6xc3 күн мурун
  • OMG These Polish-pronunciation names on maps made my head hurt. And I am Polish... OMG, Roczyste... :)

    Maciej MannaMaciej Manna3 күн мурун
  • So Soviets wanted to turn the world to Communism through massive invasions supported by highly detailed maps just so they could colonise Mars and Venus in 1999, but Gorbachev and American CIA prevented it all? Damn, I really do live in the wrong timeline!

    SMGJohnSMGJohn3 күн мурун
  • Me a russian watching this video: Кажется меня раскрыли...

    Caper DzCaper Dz3 күн мурун
    • @Man Spaghetti Russian hamood be like

      Danny CDanny C14 саат мурун
    • Бгци момеит

      Man SpaghettiMan SpaghettiКүн мурун
  • Guys I...don't know how to tell you this but...the Communists won.

    Cos Its 167Cos Its 1673 күн мурун
  • Yuri was right™️

    Cos Its 167Cos Its 1673 күн мурун
  • The Soviet Union had mapped out the Swedish and Finnish archipelago far better than Sweden and Finland They had also mapped out Swedish/Finnish rivers/streams if they were suitable for their tanks to traverse

    Simon KyröSimon Kyrö3 күн мурун
  • My father in law is Russian, and he told me the story of how ships going down the Volga River had pilots come on board at certain times during their voyage armed with special maps dating back to Stalin times to assist in the safe navigation. These maps were jealously guarded as 'secret' by the pilots, so you imagine their horror when after peristroika and the opening of borders with the West, a Captain produced a Michelin map of the Volga which was far more detailed than that held by the official pilots! The advantages of satellite photographic topography!

    Neil JakemanNeil Jakeman3 күн мурун