Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

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  • Jay Foreman
    Jay ForemanVor 5 Tage

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  • yfelwulf

    yfelwulf

    Vor 16 Stunden

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

  • yfelwulf

    yfelwulf

    Vor 16 Stunden

    @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

  • Jimbob Robob

    Jimbob Robob

    Vor 20 Stunden

    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.

  • yfelwulf

    yfelwulf

    Vor 23 Stunden

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

  • yfelwulf

    yfelwulf

    Vor 23 Stunden

    @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.

  • Albert Klarname
    Albert KlarnameVor 27 Minuten

    Espionage?

  • Giorgianni Cartamancini
    Giorgianni CartamanciniVor 43 Minuten

    Got the video in my recommendation, the quality is amazing!

  • Craig Jones
    Craig JonesVor 59 Minuten

    I know this is probably an annoying comment to have, probably one you get a lot, but this is the first of your videos I've seen and I thought you were Beardyman, whom Wikipedia informs me is your brother. You bot sound and look so similar. Anyway, I'll carry on playing the video now,are it to 0.11 before I had to go and check. I'll drop by again later to comment on the actual content of the video, thanks, bye.

  • Thomas Luethi
    Thomas LuethiVor Stunde

    @jayforemen you will have to checkout the application for the swiss maps (swiss topo) all swiss maps are available through the app. they are not as accurate as the swiss military maps i used, but the information those maps contain are insane

  • Карась Васин
    Карась ВасинVor 2 Stunden

    что это за язык?

  • Spoops
    SpoopsVor 2 Stunden

    I worked in an archive for a while, and found a series of Soviet maps of the UK, and a number of the local military bases had been labelled as schools (likely due to British intelligence trickery) and all schools were marked as non-targets.

  • Robert Mihalache
    Robert MihalacheVor 2 Stunden

    Very well explained. Excellent quality. Well done.

  • Babalonkie
    BabalonkieVor 3 Stunden

    Russian spies also measure the height of church bell towers in Salisbury...

  • Jötunn
    JötunnVor 3 Stunden

    Hanscom is about 20 minutes from my house, and I haven't seen more than one or two of the runways. It's a logistics base these days with a large civilian population.

  • xfire7
    xfire7Vor 3 Stunden

    I wish they had invaded . That way the E.U. wouldn`t have existed .

  • Elijah Edric Guinto
    Elijah Edric GuintoVor 4 Stunden

    The first ever post-Brexit video (as in the first after the transition period).

  • DartLuke
    DartLukeVor 4 Stunden

    1:22 Andropov was chief of KGB. Started big anticorruption campaign. As result it was war between Ministry of Internal Affairs(Soviet Police) and KGB. It is possible that he was assassinated

  • DartLuke
    DartLukeVor 4 Stunden

    1:22 Andropov was director of KGB. Began big corruption investigation. Started conflict with

  • frank
    frankVor 4 Stunden

    Only 15% of the KGB's budget was used for spying as we know it. The other 85% percent was used for "ideological subversion" (propagandizing receptive populations). Source: ex-KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov

  • Фердинанд Уткин
    Фердинанд УткинVor 4 Stunden

    ДЕГ момент

  • Pirvog Compost
    Pirvog CompostVor 5 Stunden

    Because socialism is a far more effective system and Soviet people were more educated and better trained.

  • The Original Chefboyoboy
    The Original ChefboyoboyVor 5 Stunden

    oi, mate... know where I can get a map? Bonus Comment: Because they were Russian made they were all drawn with a pencil!

  • Tim M
    Tim MVor 5 Stunden

    The thief from chips challenge??? :)

  • Mickey Wakefield
    Mickey WakefieldVor 5 Stunden

    Swiss Maps. Small country. Lots of money. A defensively oriented military focused on artillery on mountain tops. Equals - unbelievable maps. Singular trees are visible on most.

  • Colonel Panic
    Colonel PanicVor 6 Stunden

    Radiators huh, The Russian San Galli's claim as the inventor of the heating radiator is disputed. It appears that he is one of several people who contributed to the development of the heating innovation. San Galli received a radiator patent in 1857, while American Joseph Nason developed a primitive radiator in 1841and received a number of U.S. patents for hot water and steam heating. Nason's patent for tapered pipe threads in particular is cited by 1930s writer Ara Marcus Daniels as the key development in the birth of the radiator.

  • TheThousandhours
    TheThousandhoursVor 7 Stunden

    KOSHMAR!

  • dueeh nyyu
    dueeh nyyuVor 7 Stunden

    actress playing her...

  • yo yo
    yo yoVor 7 Stunden

    The periodic table? I'm pretty sure the UK has made the largest contribution to the periodic table?

  • dueeh nyyu

    dueeh nyyu

    Vor 7 Stunden

    paranoid ex-secret services agents, it’s just a matter of short time for this to become the past, thanks to the laws of nature. 
GЯEДT VIDEO FOLKS! 🖖

  • Dariel Rodríguez
    Dariel RodríguezVor 7 Stunden

    Your book is currently unavailable on Amazon. Any other source to get it? Thank you

  • The Proffsr Dickinson
    The Proffsr DickinsonVor 8 Stunden

    Poland invented Vodka in 1405 just like the irish invented whiskey in 1405 ONE STRUGGLE

  • MadEcki
    MadEckiVor 8 Stunden

    „Don’t watch it now, watch it later!“ - here‘s that episode: denewss.info/channel/oamip92gnGTKj6c/video.html

  • Aditya Narayan Rai
    Aditya Narayan RaiVor 9 Stunden

    Only thing more irritating than Meg is British Accent.

  • Gavin Little
    Gavin LittleVor 9 Stunden

    Tunbridge wells translation is jokes

  • Kamil
    KamilVor 9 Stunden

    i'm polish and live in britland, and the phonetic spelling is not bad lol

  • OhThatEdit
    OhThatEditVor 9 Stunden

    because they had bears to ride on

  • Rajdeep Ghara
    Rajdeep GharaVor 9 Stunden

    Finally another video of Map men

  • Andrea Davide
    Andrea DavideVor 10 Stunden

    You win at 1:03!

  • 23rt2308u24tkhg
    23rt2308u24tkhgVor 10 Stunden

    Winning WW2 is debatable

  • simon dupper

    simon dupper

    Vor 8 Stunden

    They were the reason ww2 was won, they captured Berlin, killed the most soldiers, and undoubtedly won the war

  • Kong

    Kong

    Vor 8 Stunden

    No it’s not

  • dustboxednorth
    dustboxednorthVor 10 Stunden

    5:59 expected a NordVPN ad right about here

  • YouSoSpice
    YouSoSpiceVor 11 Stunden

    k o s h m a r

  • oaketree
    oaketreeVor 11 Stunden

    The Chip's Challenge spy icon lmfao

  • Bob Baguette
    Bob BaguetteVor 12 Stunden

    When you said won the war for us, I puked a little. If you consider the rape and pillage of hundreds of miles of land a win then kudos to you.

  • Marco Anonymous
    Marco AnonymousVor 12 Stunden

    Hence the draft of young men of the free West in the army, like myself.

  • Alexander Kachkaev
    Alexander KachkaevVor 12 Stunden

    *I am Russian and I made very detailed maps of some parts of the UK. Spoiler alert: this won’t be a spy story* 😁 Shortly after moving to London in 2009 as a student, I became interested in OpenStreetMap (OSM), which is an open map of the whole planet similar to Wikipedia. It did not take me much time to discover a nice local OSM community with pub meetups in ‘mapping parties’, which I happily joined. A mapping party in OSM is when the volunteers split some area into slices, decide who maps what, then walk around with clipboards, pens and photo cameras and finally add the collected data to the database under a free license. A few London blocks around Baker Street is an example of how crazy I sometimes went in surveying the details: see building colours and roof shapes, street lamps, individual trees, etc.: demo.f4map.com/#lat=51.5230613&lon=-0.1591994&zoom=18&camera.theta=49.87&camera.phi=42.112 I bet Soviet spies would be jealous! 😂
 I did not know about that crazy mapping project by the Soviets until going to an exception called ‘Maps and the 20th Century’, which took place at the British library in 2017. There was a pretty large paper map of Brighton, which I found pretty detailed, but not exceptional by any means at first glance. Only after checking the label plate, I realised that all captions on that map were in Cyrillic and this totally blew my mind! The funniest thing for me then was that a few years before seeing that Soviet map I also mapped Brighton with OSM folks, and my ‘mapping cake’ slice was the Brighton peer. The photo of how I was processing the collected data was even uploaded to Wikimedia commons by somebody after that: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Adding_data_to_OSM_after_mapping_Brighton_Pier.jpg 
Again, a Soviet spy would be 100% jealous seeing the tech that I used! 😂
 It’s so cool to realise that the fabric of the 21st century is much more open and humane compared to the 20th century’s one. Although parts of the world are still ruled by old and paranoid ex-secret services agents, it’s just a matter of short time for this to become the past, thanks to the laws of nature. 
GЯEДT VIDEO FOLKS! 🖖

  • Replaymyway
    ReplaymywayVor 12 Stunden

    glad to hear Russia won WW2 for us especially the 2 years of the war they were essentially on the Germans side

  • alteronline
    alteronlineVor 12 Stunden

    спасибо за видео, товарищи. смотрел вместе с медведем

  • Simon Poulsen
    Simon PoulsenVor 12 Stunden

    5:29 Copenhagen, Denmark. Yay!

  • ~Sticky
    ~StickyVor 13 Stunden

    Potat... oes? Fuckin' uncle Colin with the plurals.

  • Fucking Hatethisshit
    Fucking HatethisshitVor 13 Stunden

    Kinda refreshing to hear someone NOT russian say that we(russians) won the WW2. Thanks!

  • Marcus Lund
    Marcus LundVor 13 Stunden

    I am willing to bet that the map at 5:28 is a map of Copenhagen.... Which is, as you know, not in Britain.

  • Esynnejye
    EsynnejyeVor 13 Stunden

    Just spotted Copenhagen at 5.29. Greetings from a Danish map-fan.

  • George
    GeorgeVor 13 Stunden

    OMG You guys mentioned the Soviet Maps in Afghanistan and how they were used by the U.S. I never deployed, but when I trained using Afghanistan as a scenario, I was very, very confused when looking at the various maps of Afghanistan, I had NO idea why the most accurate, meticulous and most detailed map before the actual safelite images was completely in Russian.... Now I know!

  • Otakar Kuby
    Otakar KubyVor 14 Stunden

    Any interest in Tartary Maps?

  • Yellow
    YellowVor 14 Stunden

    They have the best spies

  • Lydia
    LydiaVor 14 Stunden

    "And I for one welcome our new Soviet overlords."

  • L0U13 __
    L0U13 __Vor 14 Stunden

    Other countries: we’ve heard of this undiscovered area where nobodies ever chartered before Britian: 0:14

  • Илья Ефимов
    Илья ЕфимовVor 14 Stunden

    3:44 where these spy icons from? Some videogame?

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    Vor 14 Stunden

    Chips Challenge

  • RabidRacoonGaming
    RabidRacoonGamingVor 15 Stunden

    I love how you included Georgy Malenkov in the list of leaders, despite being only a transitionary leader from Stalin to Khurshchev.

  • RabidRacoonGaming

    RabidRacoonGaming

    Vor 4 Stunden

    @Jay Foreman Good philosophy

  • Jay Foreman

    Jay Foreman

    Vor 14 Stunden

    He’s on Wikipedia’s list, so he counts.

  • Kars Antics
    Kars AnticsVor 15 Stunden

    I found my town on the map

  • foopyu nooui
    foopyu noouiVor 15 Stunden

    6:04 For anyone wondering, Кошмар literally means Nightmare, and can be used to express emotion when something goes wrong.

  • bertjesklotepino
    bertjesklotepinoVor 15 Stunden

    Russia winning WW2? Aha. I never knew that. I do remember this saying from a Soviet Diplomat. "You guys went to war to stop Totalitarisme in Eastern Europe by Hitler, and you ensured it by us." Btw, i thought the west also had a part in it? Btw, i remember Poland was to be protected, by the Western Powers. Like Britain. Btw, i remember Stalin also invading Poland right after Hitler went in first (Stalin claiming he was not yet ready.) So yeah, i guess you are right.

  • bertjesklotepino

    bertjesklotepino

    Vor 15 Stunden

    @foopyu nooui what do you mean?

  • foopyu nooui

    foopyu nooui

    Vor 15 Stunden

    Still don’t have New Zealand on all of your maps

  • Frank Primay
    Frank PrimayVor 15 Stunden

    The bit that you're in black suits next to the path and the building site fencing, is that turkey brook at forty hall. I know this is random

  • Resortified HD
    Resortified HDVor 15 Stunden

    Cartography, Sovietism and niche knowledge, sounds like a wet dream. Great vid.

  • experiment506
    experiment506Vor 16 Stunden

    One word. HUMINT

  • Sergio
    SergioVor 16 Stunden

    They were not "Russian leaders", ffs, they were Soviet. And if you want to inform about their nationality, well, most of them were Ukrainian.

  • neil
    neilVor 16 Stunden

    A detailed map of the Cuillin Ridge would be usefull, cos there ain't nothing I can find.

  • Dataman
    DatamanVor 17 Stunden

    Don't play with the Russians!! They even mapped the PMs bowel movements.

  • Eoin O'Kelly
    Eoin O'KellyVor 17 Stunden

    where the FUCK is the second "men" at the end of the intro i am not ok with this

  • SuperVHSchannel
    SuperVHSchannelVor 17 Stunden

    interesting but the over-perky-sing-song voices are unbearable. Sort it out lads, just be yourselves.

  • iceturtle 1025
    iceturtle 1025Vor 17 Stunden

    “Winning World War 2.” Yeah, with US money

  • LeeSpork
    LeeSporkVor 19 Stunden

    3:38 "until no matter where you lived in the world, you were always at least 10,000 miles from a Russian spy." Where were the spies? In a medium Earth orbit?

  • Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S.Vor 20 Stunden

    Old Soviet topographical maps are realty the best in the world. Highly detailed USSR Military Staff maps from 70s or 80s are still extremely popular among the hikers and alpinists in Russia and other ex-Soviet countries. No wonder they have made maps of other countries too. Going hiking in Scottish Highlands you better take old Soviet military map than the useless modern touristic one 😊 So, fellow British

  • Jimbob Robob
    Jimbob RobobVor 20 Stunden

    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.

  • TroubleM
    TroubleMVor 21 Stunde

    Question is were the non sovie maps meant for civilian use or not. Because if no, any basic knowledge about how military works can explain inaccuracies.

  • sarcasmo57
    sarcasmo57Vor 21 Stunde

    Do one about google mars.

  • Dhruv Datta
    Dhruv DattaVor 21 Stunde

    Russia is the guy on the internet you challege to for a 1v1, and then texts you back your address

  • Jack Murphy
    Jack MurphyVor 22 Stunden

    Still don’t have New Zealand on all of your maps

  • Íris Eva Gunnarsdóttir
    Íris Eva GunnarsdóttirVor 22 Stunden

    I think you know why.

  • yfelwulf
    yfelwulfVor 23 Stunden

    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.

  • mijuo roui
    mijuo rouiVor 23 Stunden

    I like how the conflict meter has ‘Not in the Christmas card list’ and ‘Nuke ‘em!’ with no gap between them

  • Gerard Ligonde
    Gerard LigondeVor 23 Stunden

    The rough mall karunagappally bolt because rock cellularly coach besides a sick earth. shocking, loving punishment

  • mijuo roui

    mijuo roui

    Vor 23 Stunden

    America defeated the wrong enemy in ww2.

  • gpan62
    gpan62Vor Tag

    So they can find Salisbury 😉

  • numbereightyseven
    numbereightysevenVor Tag

    "Don't watch it nowwwww, watch it laterrrrrr..."

  • Анатолий Сафонов
    Анатолий СафоновVor Tag

    Pure English humor..and such a finest theme.. oh man, I like it.

  • Matt McGregor
    Matt McGregorVor Tag

    You guys really hate Frome!

  • Amazing Dancing Turnips
    Amazing Dancing TurnipsVor Tag

    Why are you studying Polish? To learn how to pronounce English place names of course!

  • Lawrence Orr
    Lawrence OrrVor Tag

    You idiots have no idea of what you speak of, read history, if you read enough you might have some surprising results.

  • Vladimir Isyanov
    Vladimir IsyanovVor Tag

    Russia fuck u

  • Mongoose1Billion
    Mongoose1BillionVor Tag

    At some point, those map making spies must've thought "Gee, everything sure is a lot nicer here than it is at home. There was probably at least some hesitation to return to the soviet union and its brutalist architecture after the job was complete.

  • Robert Hardy
    Robert HardyVor Tag

    When they were actually in print East European city maps of the cold War era were much better than British ones, full colour printing with all the public transport routes layed out very neatly in different colours on the map, with the stops named, so that a stranger to the town or city, such as myself could easily navigate from the map.

  • antsolja
    antsoljaVor Tag

    i thought u guys were smosh at first lol

  • andpusten
    andpustenVor Tag

    We must protect Uncle Colin at all cost

  • darah
    darahVor Tag

    i subscribed as soon as i heard that intro. YES

  • Kane Knight
    Kane KnightVor Tag

    I hate my job, I hate my life, I want to get out of here, I want to learn new skills so I can start a new career.

  • Total Syambles
    Total SyamblesVor Tag

    "Polish Allies" more like Polish subjects

  • Rychard Martinez
    Rychard MartinezVor Tag

    Just stumbled on your channel, it’s so “Fun with flags” - I absolutely LOVE it! You guys have just gotten a new subscriber :)

  • The Thanos Killing Kind
    The Thanos Killing KindVor Tag

    The USSR inherited highly accurate military maps from the Russian Empire, most of the British maps were the best due to the Tsar and the King being cousins bringing a close military alliance between the two Imperial Empires.

  • Shiver
    ShiverVor Tag

    America defeated the wrong enemy in ww2.

  • Сергей Кудинов
    Сергей КудиновVor Tag

    Jay ваша личность была раскрыта. Немедленно покупайте билет в Москву. Агент СВР свяжется с вами как только сможет. Явка там же, если увидите фикус - явка провалена. Glory to Russia

  • Bogomil Georgiev
    Bogomil GeorgievVor Tag

    English vs Russia Maps ? I can't to choice because there are beatyfull at all. In Bulgaria we still use Russian Topo maps. It helps very well BUT... Some objects like war base is missing. Probably in English map is visible. Or the map have a mistakes with details of map (missing coordinates, or type of plan (like 1: 25 000)). If have a coordinates, always check with little Mathemathic tasks to find the real coordinate because in Bulgaria some maps was made with totally wrong details (Somewhere in North, but actual is South or fake name of the towns).

  • Bogomil Georgiev

    Bogomil Georgiev

    Vor Tag

    Watch the Depeche Mode Album from 1987 - Music for the Mases - Cover Album Photo. Soviet Map and Big Speaker like Easterns.

  • Dennis Premoli
    Dennis PremoliVor Tag

    I mean, is it really surprising that your enemy has better maps than the public ones you released of your super secret facilities?

  • Joaquín Ros
    Joaquín RosVor Tag

    Winners tell the story for sure and this is a clear example.

  • David Léspar
    David LésparVor Tag

    Xeers from Mexico gals

  • Iain H
    Iain HVor Tag

    You two found a lot of these maps in a scour of Eastern Europe? If that’s true, it’s one of the most amazing stories. And you can’t believe how please I am to hear Frome pronounced properly ... again 🙂

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