Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

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  1. Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman8 days ago

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  2. yfelwulf

    yfelwulf3 days ago

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

  3. yfelwulf

    yfelwulf3 days ago

    @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

  4. Jimbob Robob

    Jimbob Robob3 days ago

    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.

  5. yfelwulf

    yfelwulf4 days ago

    @thats not your bussines Unlike America that is about to become a 4th World Country.

  6. yfelwulf

    yfelwulf4 days ago

    @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.

  7. William

    William2 hours ago

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

  8. Seikleiner

    Seikleiner2 hours ago

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

  9. Michal Lewandowski

    Michal Lewandowski2 hours ago

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

  10. Jacques Mertens

    Jacques Mertens3 hours ago

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

  11. Jeremiah Carr

    Jeremiah Carr4 hours ago

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

  12. Alexandr Moroseac

    Alexandr Moroseac6 hours ago

    Ю ар вэлком!

  13. marlboro9tibike

    marlboro9tibike6 hours ago

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

  14. Pat Reilly

    Pat Reilly8 hours ago

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

  15. asioe kiou

    asioe kiou8 hours ago

    Amazing video man

  16. Саша Кумылганов

    Саша Кумылганов8 hours ago

    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

  17. asioe kiou

    asioe kiou8 hours ago

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

  18. ninad pathak

    ninad pathak9 hours ago

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

  19. Dan Dart

    Dan Dart10 hours ago

    The lack of excitement in "What's Skillshare?"

  20. Interplanetary Reconnaissance

    Interplanetary Reconnaissance10 hours ago

    You guys make some of the best content on USlikes


    JOHNNY MYTHO10 hours ago

    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.

  22. Phillipa Kemi

    Phillipa Kemi10 hours ago

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

  23. Ash Ackroyd

    Ash Ackroyd10 hours ago


  24. A M

    A M11 hours ago

    "... 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.

  25. WestCoast Trainspotting

    WestCoast Trainspotting12 hours ago

    Dont watch it now, Watch it later. - Mark, 2020

  26. Bojan Bojovic

    Bojan Bojovic12 hours ago

    First time here, you two are brilliant.

  27. Zenek Ragdoll

    Zenek Ragdoll13 hours ago

    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?"

  28. Mattness Pl

    Mattness Pl14 hours ago

    Link to polish map, please, pretty please🙏

  29. jakey1995abc

    jakey1995abc14 hours ago

    I thought the Polish did take over the UK though?

  30. Dennis Cambly

    Dennis Cambly14 hours ago

    it all started with beep, beep, beep, beep in 1957

  31. Ivan Renov

    Ivan Renov15 hours ago

    How did they do it!? Answer: “they be the best at *I spying*

  32. Klara

    Klara15 hours ago

    well......... why does snapchat have the best map overall?

  33. Youtube Comment

    Youtube Comment15 hours ago

    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 USlikes. 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.

  34. Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman8 hours ago

    I absolutely love this comment!!!


    LOSERFACE15 hours ago

    But would they include Thameslink on their tube map?

  36. Your No Beater

    Your No Beater15 hours ago

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

  37. sonofbulldozer

    sonofbulldozer16 hours ago

    Ive seen the Russian map of Barrow-in-Furness with the shipyard marked in very good detail

  38. Quiet Corner

    Quiet Corner16 hours ago

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

  39. Fr00ter

    Fr00ter16 hours ago

    Just stumbled upon this 😂 wtf those guys are so weird and funny

  40. Rick Jason Obrero

    Rick Jason Obrero17 hours ago

    You missed the last 'men' on the song.

  41. James Burton

    James Burton7 hours ago

    Well, Hayley Cropper is officially a woman, so in reality there is just one man.

  42. Tomek

    Tomek18 hours ago

    PotatoeS? :)

  43. Oliver and Rory O'Neill

    Oliver and Rory O'Neill19 hours ago


  44. Suðringa o

    Suðringa o20 hours ago


  45. Гуглеслав Ютубов

    Гуглеслав Ютубов20 hours ago

    Кошмар... То есть, круто).

  46. Phyarth

    Phyarth20 hours ago

    Hungarians also made a spam a lot :) spam anagram maps.

  47. Chavdar Naidenov

    Chavdar Naidenov22 hours ago

    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.

  48. Andrew Hine

    Andrew HineDay ago

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

  49. Aussie Aus Deutschland

    Aussie Aus DeutschlandDay ago

    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👍🤣👍

  50. Rex Holes

    Rex HolesDay ago

    LOL whats laughable is thinking the Polish troops would have tried that hard for the USSR.

  51. cd6xc

    cd6xcDay ago

    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.

  52. Maciej Manna

    Maciej MannaDay ago

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

  53. SMGJohn

    SMGJohnDay ago

    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!

  54. Caper Dz

    Caper DzDay ago

    Me a russian watching this video: Кажется меня раскрыли...

  55. Cos Its 167

    Cos Its 167Day ago

    Guys I...don't know how to tell you this but...the Communists won.

  56. Cos Its 167

    Cos Its 167Day ago

    Yuri was right™️

  57. Simon Kyrö

    Simon KyröDay ago

    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

  58. Neil Jakeman

    Neil JakemanDay ago

    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!

  59. Mr Paulie Fenners76

    Mr Paulie Fenners76Day ago

    I saw a Russian kill a wolf with his bare hands in the news last week.... I did.

  60. wolfgang amadeus gokart

    wolfgang amadeus gokartDay ago

    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

  61. Louis Vanden Broucke

    Louis Vanden BrouckeDay ago

    i prefere russian spies to american corporations

  62. James Burton

    James BurtonDay ago

    I never thought Hayley Cropper would become a cartographer.

  63. Peter Mallia

    Peter MalliaDay ago

    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.

  64. ChaddlingK

    ChaddlingKDay ago

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

  65. Henry Webster Plays Violin

    Henry Webster Plays ViolinDay ago

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

  66. James Burton

    James Burton7 hours ago

    Well, Hayley Cropper is officially a woman, so in reality there is just one man.

  67. Ephodix

    EphodixDay ago

    Yeah, so, I have no idea what you said at 0:50. Care to explain?

  68. Ephodix

    EphodixDay ago

    @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".

  69. Jay Foreman

    Jay ForemanDay ago

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

  70. Vitali Abadal

    Vitali AbadalDay ago

    Why is this video always in my reccomendations?

  71. Jade Nagi

    Jade NagiDay ago

    Always? It’s not quite a week old yet.

  72. Andreas Kristensen

    Andreas KristensenDay ago

    1:24 - That's a nice topografisk kart over Norge. 👍

  73. saledin2012

    saledin2012Day ago

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

  74. Joshua Chin

    Joshua ChinDay ago

    Don't forget spreading communism 😂

  75. Towshif E Rabbi

    Towshif E RabbiDay ago


  76. Der Meester

    Der MeesterDay ago

    When he said dont watch it now.. watch it later I for looking up gorbachevs pizzahut commercial.. I watched it Later.

  77. twenty one cries for help

    twenty one cries for helpDay ago

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

  78. João Nuno Lourenço

    João Nuno LourençoDay ago

    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?

  79. R. J. Lombardi

    R. J. LombardiDay ago

    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?

  80. Mezelf Om dat hetkan

    Mezelf Om dat hetkanDay ago

    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

  81. Erie

    ErieDay ago

    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

  82. yaliso gioouy

    yaliso gioouyDay ago

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

  83. Shahin Tajeri

    Shahin TajeriDay ago

    Russians scare me.

  84. yaliso gioouy

    yaliso gioouyDay ago


  85. Darius Tiapula

    Darius TiapulaDay ago

    Fun fact: Even MCU Hydra has Soviet spies in their ranks.:v

  86. Sebastian Wolski

    Sebastian WolskiDay ago

    Greetings from Poland my fellow map-mans

  87. HauntedPancake

    HauntedPancakeDay ago

    Mhhh, Getting nuked or ruled by Communists, Getting nuked or ruled by Communists ... . Tough choice.

  88. Wyatt Epp

    Wyatt EppDay ago

    Congratulations, Uncle Colin.

  89. armstrong germany

    armstrong germanyDay ago

    '' 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.

  90. elforastero45

    elforastero45Day ago

    Winning ww2 Lmao

  91. TrogledyWretched

    TrogledyWretchedDay ago

    This show has now superceded all content to become my favorite thing on USlikes. I'm impressed and overjoyed

  92. Get yourself Together

    Get yourself TogetherDay ago

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

  93. Get yourself Together

    Get yourself TogetherDay ago

    @Jade Nagi awesome, thanks for letting me know

  94. Jade Nagi

    Jade NagiDay ago

    It’s one a month from November until September

  95. Kaden Ling

    Kaden Ling2 days ago

    map men

  96. v1e1r1g1e1

    v1e1r1g1e12 days ago

    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!

  97. Maxwell_ Edison

    Maxwell_ Edison2 days ago


  98. Green Shark

    Green Shark2 days ago

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

  99. hsm_ epic_return

    hsm_ epic_return2 days ago

    You lost me at "Russia" when talking about the Cold War. Soviet Union. It is not the same thing.

  100. mijuo roui

    mijuo roui2 days ago

    Virgin British-English dialect: Eastbourne Chad Polish lingo: I S T B O N

  101. just don't.

    just don't.2 days ago

    why is this so cute? 6:05 I can't stop replaying it :D

  102. mijuo roui

    mijuo roui2 days ago

    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

  103. Stret173

    Stret1732 days ago


  104. Cypher791

    Cypher7912 days ago

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

  105. Wizzkid3000

    Wizzkid30002 days ago

    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!!

  106. Magpie Of Truth

    Magpie Of Truth2 days ago

    Omg blink!

  107. Δημητρης Καραμανος

    Δημητρης Καραμανος2 days ago

    Because they wanted to invade.

  108. Julia Lilienstein

    Julia Lilienstein2 days ago

    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.

  109. Morning_glory Monster

    Morning_glory Monster2 days ago

    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?

  110. Grogery 1

    Grogery 12 days ago

    I just read that Australian maps have been adjusted to allow for continental drift. Any chance of digging into that?

  111. Grogery 1

    Grogery 1Day ago

    @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.

  112. Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman2 days ago

    Oh boy, you’re in luck! Stay tuned to this channel for another 3 weeks......

  113. hoppuss44

    hoppuss442 days ago

    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.

  114. Кот Доступа

    Кот Доступа2 days ago


  115. siratthebox

    siratthebox2 days ago

    Russian's didn't win WW2. The Americans did.

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    Кот Доступа2 days ago


  117. TheBestlaidschemes

    TheBestlaidschemes2 days ago

    Jacob and Esau... the story continues...

  118. Carlos Slim

    Carlos Slim2 days ago

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

  119. yaliso gioouy

    yaliso gioouy2 days ago

    military alliance between the two Imperial Empires.

  120. Bogusz Szulc

    Bogusz Szulc2 days ago

    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

  121. yaliso gioouy

    yaliso gioouy2 days ago

    I watch for the ads

  122. noob2243

    noob22432 days ago

    Virgin British-English dialect: Eastbourne Chad Polish lingo: *_I S T B O N_*

  123. TheHabsification

    TheHabsification2 days ago

    Ah cool I live in that Polish town of SAUFEND-ON-SJI