Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

11 Th01, 2021
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    Jay ForemanJay Foreman8 ngày trước
    • @Jimbob Robob Exactly how would control hundreds of millions of people even the Germans found it near impossible.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf3 ngày trước
    • @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf3 ngày trước
    • 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 Robob4 ngày trước
    • @thats not your bussines Unlike America that is about to become a 4th World Country.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf4 ngày trước
    • @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.

      yfelwulfyfelwulf4 ngày trước
  • Thanks again 👍Who’s the jazz pianist on the soundtrack in the end of the video?

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

    WilliamWilliam5 giờ trước
  • Очень нехорошо: выпустили ролик, касающийся России, однако перевели его на все наречия, которые только возможно, кроме русского :(

    SeikleinerSeikleiner5 giờ trước
    • 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 ForemanGiờ trước
  • New vid noice one lads. This reminds me of that bimig bang show when Sheldon reviews maps

    Michal LewandowskiMichal Lewandowski5 giờ trước
  • Polish allies? Are you off your trolley? Since when does being occupied by the Russians mean you're on their side?

    Jacques MertensJacques Mertens6 giờ trước
  • Polish Allies SHIT a brick poles if anything hated their soviet oppressors.

    Jeremiah CarrJeremiah Carr7 giờ trước
  • Ю ар вэлком!

    Alexandr MoroseacAlexandr Moroseac8 giờ trước
  • In the soviet russia, you dont need maps, the maps need YOU!

    marlboro9tibikemarlboro9tibike9 giờ trước
  • The comment about expecting Russian maps to be defective is such a good illustration of latent anti-communist ideology clouding our understanding

    Pat ReillyPat Reilly10 giờ trước
  • Amazing video man

    asioe kiouasioe kiou10 giờ trước
  • 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 Кумылганов11 giờ trước
    • 2:24, aha the Russians didn't use pens in space comrade. LOL 🤣

      asioe kiouasioe kiou10 giờ trước
  • I like your new old look. old new look wasn't working as much.

    ninad pathakninad pathak11 giờ trước
  • The lack of excitement in "What's Skillshare?"

    Dan DartDan Dart12 giờ trước
  • You guys make some of the best content on VIworld

    Interplanetary ReconnaissanceInterplanetary Reconnaissance12 giờ trước
  • 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 Kemi13 giờ trước
  • redatlasbook.com/cityplansuk

    Ash AckroydAsh Ackroyd13 giờ trước
  • "... 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 M14 giờ trước
  • Dont watch it now, Watch it later. - Mark, 2020

    WestCoast TrainspottingWestCoast Trainspotting14 giờ trước
  • First time here, you two are brilliant.

    Bojan BojovicBojan Bojovic15 giờ trước
  • 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 Ragdoll15 giờ trước
  • Link to polish map, please, pretty please🙏

    Mattness PlMattness Pl17 giờ trước
  • I thought the Polish did take over the UK though?

    jakey1995abcjakey1995abc17 giờ trước
  • it all started with beep, beep, beep, beep in 1957

    Dennis CamblyDennis Cambly17 giờ trước
  • How did they do it!? Answer: “they be the best at *I spying*

    Ivan RenovIvan Renov17 giờ trước
  • well......... why does snapchat have the best map overall?

    KlaraKlara18 giờ trước
  • 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 VIworld. 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 Comment18 giờ trước
    • I absolutely love this comment!!!

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman10 giờ trước
  • 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 Beater18 giờ trước
  • Ive seen the Russian map of Barrow-in-Furness with the shipyard marked in very good detail

    sonofbulldozersonofbulldozer18 giờ trước
  • I like your Russian secret agent at 3:43. Trigger Happy TV, "you're not grey squirrel?"

    Quiet CornerQuiet Corner18 giờ trước
  • Just stumbled upon this 😂 wtf those guys are so weird and funny

    Fr00terFr00ter19 giờ trước
  • You missed the last 'men' on the song.

    Rick Jason ObreroRick Jason Obrero20 giờ trước
    • Well, Hayley Cropper is officially a woman, so in reality there is just one man.

      James BurtonJames Burton10 giờ trước
  • PotatoeS? :)

    TomekTomek20 giờ trước

    Oliver and Rory O'NeillOliver and Rory O'Neill22 giờ trước

    Suðringa oSuðringa o23 giờ trước
  • Кошмар... То есть, круто).

    Гуглеслав ЮтубовГуглеслав Ютубов23 giờ trước
  • Hungarians also made a spam a lot :) spam anagram maps.

    PhyarthPhyarth23 giờ trước
  • 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 NaidenovNgày trước
  • How many Russians fought in the Pacific Theatre in WW2? Zero. Russians didnt win WW2

    Andrew HineAndrew HineNgày trước
  • 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 DeutschlandNgày trước
  • LOL whats laughable is thinking the Polish troops would have tried that hard for the USSR.

    Rex HolesRex HolesNgày trước
  • 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.

    cd6xccd6xcNgày trước
  • OMG These Polish-pronunciation names on maps made my head hurt. And I am Polish... OMG, Roczyste... :)

    Maciej MannaMaciej MannaNgày trước
  • 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!

    SMGJohnSMGJohnNgày trước
  • Me a russian watching this video: Кажется меня раскрыли...

    Caper DzCaper DzNgày trước
  • Guys I...don't know how to tell you this but...the Communists won.

    Cos Its 167Cos Its 167Ngày trước
  • Yuri was right™️

    Cos Its 167Cos Its 167Ngày trước
  • 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 KyröNgày trước
  • 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 JakemanNgày trước
  • I saw a Russian kill a wolf with his bare hands in the news last week.... I did.

    Mr Paulie Fenners76Mr Paulie Fenners76Ngày trước
  • not to be a dick but I'm Polish and I had to turn on CC to see what Jay said around 0:50 lol

    wolfgang amadeus gokartwolfgang amadeus gokartNgày trước
  • i prefere russian spies to american corporations

    Louis Vanden BrouckeLouis Vanden BrouckeNgày trước
  • I never thought Hayley Cropper would become a cartographer.

    James BurtonJames BurtonNgày trước
  • Why do people use that phrase, "destroyed many times over"? Because surely by the first time it's destroyed, there's nothing left to destroy, so one can't destroy something many times over unless they first rebuild it before once again destroying it. Sorry lads, my just Brainworks that way, I can't help it, it's like fir eg, when one has long hair, they go get it cut short And Someone says, have you had you hair cut, or when you're putting your coat on and someone always says "what are you looking out then". Enjoyable video.

    Peter MalliaPeter MalliaNgày trước
  • Map Men: check out the Red Atlas it’s great Online shopping: unavailable Me: may as well buy the map men mug then.

    ChaddlingKChaddlingKNgày trước
  • Where did that second, slightly off-beat, “men” go from the end of the title music?!

    Henry Webster Plays ViolinHenry Webster Plays ViolinNgày trước
    • Well, Hayley Cropper is officially a woman, so in reality there is just one man.

      James BurtonJames Burton10 giờ trước
  • Yeah, so, I have no idea what you said at 0:50. Care to explain?

    EphodixEphodixNgày trước
    • @Jay Foreman oh, ok! That a literal translation and it doesn't really mean "well done" as in a complement. It means something is done well. More like a "-Hey, are you sure this translation is correct? -Tak, to jest dobrze zrobione".

      EphodixEphodixNgày trước
    • “Dobre zdrobione” when pronounced properly (which I didn’t do) means “well done”.

      Jay ForemanJay ForemanNgày trước
  • Why is this video always in my reccomendations?

    Vitali AbadalVitali AbadalNgày trước
    • Always? It’s not quite a week old yet.

      Jade NagiJade NagiNgày trước
  • 1:24 - That's a nice topografisk kart over Norge. 👍

    Andreas KristensenAndreas KristensenNgày trước
  • If i ever got spied on, I'll let them know who's the best Japanese Porn Actress of the year Thank you

    saledin2012saledin2012Ngày trước
  • Don't forget spreading communism 😂

    Joshua ChinJoshua ChinNgày trước

    Towshif E RabbiTowshif E RabbiNgày trước
  • When he said dont watch it now.. watch it later I for looking up gorbachevs pizzahut commercial.. I watched it Later.

    Der MeesterDer MeesterNgày trước
  • Jay (I think I dont recall): Dont watch it now Watch it latee Me scrollimg to find it:.fuck

    twenty one cries for helptwenty one cries for helpNgày trước
  • So the plan was to send polish soldiers to invade UK? Is there any way to see a complete picture of all these plans, or any alternate fiction based on this?

    João Nuno LourençoJoão Nuno LourençoNgày trước
  • Vodka is poison... Also WW2 was a combined effort. But you know what the Russians did? They took care of the Grand Armee and Napoleon. They also sent the first satellite into orbit, (ok, ok all the former Soviet countries get a credit for the last one). Also what about Pushkin? Lermontov? Shostakovich? Solzhenitsyn? Yesenin? Gluhowski?

    R. J. LombardiR. J. LombardiNgày trước
  • Russians fly unnanounced thru europe airspace with bombers and fighters they dont give a shit but if we do that in their airspace we get shot down after 1 min

    Mezelf Om dat hetkanMezelf Om dat hetkanNgày trước
  • Hey, first take is slightly offensive, we appreciated Sir Conan Doil works way to much back then so make our own version of Sherlock Holmes

    ErieErieNgày trước
    • I bet the Russians have a map of this room right now!!! Gah! 😣...

      yaliso gioouyyaliso gioouyNgày trước
  • Russians scare me.

    Shahin TajeriShahin TajeriNgày trước
    • допустим

      yaliso gioouyyaliso gioouyNgày trước
  • Fun fact: Even MCU Hydra has Soviet spies in their ranks.:v

    Darius TiapulaDarius TiapulaNgày trước
  • Greetings from Poland my fellow map-mans

    Sebastian WolskiSebastian WolskiNgày trước
  • Mhhh, Getting nuked or ruled by Communists, Getting nuked or ruled by Communists ... . Tough choice.

    HauntedPancakeHauntedPancakeNgày trước
  • Congratulations, Uncle Colin.

    Wyatt EppWyatt EppNgày trước
  • '' secretest'' go and learn english and while you are at it.. Real history. ps. Russia made a huge contribution to winning WW2... almost as much as the UK. They didn't win it on their lonesome for us.

    armstrong germanyarmstrong germanyNgày trước
  • Winning ww2 Lmao

    elforastero45elforastero452 ngày trước
  • This show has now superceded all content to become my favorite thing on VIworld. I'm impressed and overjoyed

    TrogledyWretchedTrogledyWretched2 ngày trước
  • I almost passed out when I saw that you’d uploaded another video. Love your stuff. See you guys again in 2022. 🤧

    Get yourself TogetherGet yourself Together2 ngày trước
    • @Jade Nagi awesome, thanks for letting me know

      Get yourself TogetherGet yourself TogetherNgày trước
    • It’s one a month from November until September

      Jade NagiJade NagiNgày trước
  • map men

    Kaden LingKaden Ling2 ngày trước
  • But please don't think for one second that the Marxist Soviets had any intention of taking over the world. Oh no... all those excellent maps were made so that the Russians could have something for the KGB to do instead of taking up chess!

    v1e1r1g1e1v1e1r1g1e12 ngày trước
  • tgabj

    Maxwell_ EdisonMaxwell_ Edison2 ngày trước
  • 1:50 ah yes, the Sunderland. One of my favourite planes. (also I agree that it should be called a swimming plane)

    Green SharkGreen Shark2 ngày trước
  • You lost me at "Russia" when talking about the Cold War. Soviet Union. It is not the same thing.

    hsm_ epic_returnhsm_ epic_return2 ngày trước
    • Virgin British-English dialect: Eastbourne Chad Polish lingo: I S T B O N

      mijuo rouimijuo roui2 ngày trước
  • why is this so cute? 6:05 I can't stop replaying it :D

    just don't.just don't.2 ngày trước
    • I love that moments when British people try to say something in Polish, and they are very proud of the sound they just made, when they actually aren't even close :D

      mijuo rouimijuo roui2 ngày trước
  • допустим

    Stret173Stret1732 ngày trước
  • I bet the Russians have a map of this room right now!!! Gah! 😣...

    Cypher791Cypher7912 ngày trước
  • These maps are wonderful, I work in contaminated land so I use these maps all the time but never knew the history behind them :-D Maybe its time for the fire risk maps of London, they are fun!!

    Wizzkid3000Wizzkid30002 ngày trước
  • Omg blink!

    Magpie Of TruthMagpie Of Truth2 ngày trước
  • Because they wanted to invade.

    Δημητρης ΚαραμανοςΔημητρης Καραμανος2 ngày trước
  • Unfortunately, thanks to North Korea bringing back MAD and Cold War politics plus Trump getting rid of the Iran nuclear deal, now nukes have become an appropriate way to spend taxpayer money.

    Julia LiliensteinJulia Lilienstein2 ngày trước
  • As Victor Suvorov has noticed, one of the reasons for the 1941 German sucess was that USSR had no accurate maps of its own territory to give to its own troops although it had excellent maps of.... Germany. This tells us something of their pre-war plans, doesn't it?

    Morning_glory MonsterMorning_glory Monster2 ngày trước
  • I just read that Australian maps have been adjusted to allow for continental drift. Any chance of digging into that?

    Grogery 1Grogery 12 ngày trước
    • @Jay Foreman I will, I am actually hoping to find out if my recently reduced opinion of google maps has any thing to do with this.

      Grogery 1Grogery 1Ngày trước
    • Oh boy, you’re in luck! Stay tuned to this channel for another 3 weeks......

      Jay ForemanJay Foreman2 ngày trước
  • Yet again the meme that the Soviets won the war by themselves. TL;DR it was a combined effort, the Allies wouldn't have made it without the Soviets and vice versa. Yes they absorbed circa 80% of German ground forces, but circa 80% of the Luftwaffe was kept busy by Allied bombing of Germany... The scale and impact of the bombing and the detriment it had to the German war effort cannot be over emphasised enough. At the height of the bombing, the RAF would send a stream of circa 1000 bombers to a single target in one night, whilst the USAAF kept them busy with similar numbers during the day. This is something the Soviets had absolute no capability to do, being entirely consumed by their efforts in the ground war. It was 24 hours round the clock and anything of military importance in Western and Central Europe (factories, industrial output, railways, roads, bridges) etc. that could be of use to the Axis was absolutely obliterated. More civilians died in a single night raid on Dresden than during the whole of the Blitz on Britain. It got so bad that entire supply chains ceased to function... Most of Europe was starving and emaciated due to the food shortages, millions of civilians were displaced etc. it was absolute anarchy. Not to mention the countless millions of tons of fuel, munitions, and other war materials etc. that were sent to the Soviets by both the UK and US via the Artic Convoys. In total they received tens of thousands of vehicles (trucks, aeroplanes, tanks etc.) and then they immediately stabbed us in the back with the Cold War. Stalin was as bad as the Austrian man but for some reason he, and the Soviets, get a free pass in modern culture. What about the gulags, massacre of Poles at Katyn etc. etc. the list of Soviet atrocities matches those of the Axis blow for blow. They were partners of convenience and nothing more. As soon as the war ended they then decided to hold the world to ransom for 50 years with the Cold War.

    hoppuss44hoppuss442 ngày trước
    • stfu

      Кот ДоступаКот Доступа2 ngày trước
  • Russian's didn't win WW2. The Americans did.

    sirattheboxsiratthebox2 ngày trước
    • stfu

      Кот ДоступаКот Доступа2 ngày trước
  • Jacob and Esau... the story continues...

    TheBestlaidschemesTheBestlaidschemes2 ngày trước
  • 10,000 miles? how far anywhere on the world are you from the rings on youranus

    Carlos SlimCarlos Slim2 ngày trước
  • military alliance between the two Imperial Empires.

    yaliso gioouyyaliso gioouy2 ngày trước
  • I love that moments when British people try to say something in Polish, and they are very proud of the sound they just made, when they actually aren't even close :D

    Bogusz SzulcBogusz Szulc2 ngày trước
    • I watch for the ads

      yaliso gioouyyaliso gioouy2 ngày trước
  • Virgin British-English dialect: Eastbourne Chad Polish lingo: *_I S T B O N_*

    noob2243noob22432 ngày trước