Why does Russia have the best maps of Britain?

Jay Foreman

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    1. Jay Foreman

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      1. yfelwulf

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

      2. yfelwulf

        @Influence08 Australia never entered Europe other than providing pilots.

      3. Jimbob Robob

        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.

      4. yfelwulf

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

      5. yfelwulf

        @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.

    2. Vitali Abadal

      Why is this video always in my reccomendations?

      1. Jade Nagi

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

    3. Andreas Kristensen

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

    4. saledin2012

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

    5. Joshua Chin

      Don't forget spreading communism 😂

    6. Towshif E Rabbi


    7. Der Meester

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

    8. twenty one cries for help

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

    9. João Nuno Lourenço

      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?

    10. R. J. Lombardi

      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?

    11. Mezelf Om dat hetkan

      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

    12. Erie

      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

      1. yaliso gioouy

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

    13. Shahin Tajeri

      Russians scare me.

      1. yaliso gioouy


    14. Darius Tiapula

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

    15. Sebastian Wolski

      Greetings from Poland my fellow map-mans

    16. HauntedPancake

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

    17. Wyatt Epp

      Congratulations, Uncle Colin.

    18. armstrong germany

      '' 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.

    19. elforastero45

      Winning ww2 Lmao

    20. TrogledyWretched

      This show has now superceded all content to become my favorite thing on KGup.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

    21. Get yourself Together

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

      1. Jade Nagi

        It’s one a month from November until September

    22. Kaden Ling

      map men

    23. v1e1r1g1e1

      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!

    24. Maxwell_ Edison


    25. Green Shark

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

    26. hsm_ epic_return

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

      1. mijuo roui

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

    27. just don't.

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

      1. mijuo roui

        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

    28. Stret173


    29. Cypher791

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

    30. Wizzkid3000

      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!!

    31. Magpie Of Truth

      Omg blink!

    32. Δημητρης Καραμανος

      Because they wanted to invade.

    33. Julia Lilienstein

      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.

    34. Morning_glory Monster

      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?

    35. Grogery 1

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

      1. Jay Foreman

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

    36. hoppuss44

      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.

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    37. siratthebox

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

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    38. TheBestlaidschemes

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

    39. Carlos Slim

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

    40. yaliso gioouy

      military alliance between the two Imperial Empires.

    41. Bogusz Szulc

      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

      1. yaliso gioouy

        I watch for the ads

    42. noob2243

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

    43. TheHabsification

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

    44. Luc Tréguier

      Hilarious video

    45. Alienhead Games

      the Russian word Jay says at 6:05 translates to nightmare

    46. Duncan Crow

      When Russia was invaded by Alexander the fraud, the yellow Horde of regular Russian Army responded by pushing the rotters back right to the coast of France. The Russians redid all the maps back then and named a lot of European geography with Russian names that remain today. So the English got their fine maps from the Russians.


      Whoooo GORBACHEV YEY

    48. ๋

      Hello from Russia! Привет из России!

    49. vincent7520

      CAN'T YOU CALM DOWN ???… Wha's the hurry ? You'd better speak slower to make your case … otherwise you'll be granted the "usual You Tube Common Place Prize". That's not something you want to be bothered by, ins't it? OK OK I'l subscribe anyway.

    50. vincent7520

      Your statement maybe right but I can tell you the Paris (France) map at 5:25 is far from being exact : streets are missing, the Mint facing the Pont Neuf on the left bank is entirely obliterated (I was born on one of the surrounding street in 1948 and lived in the same till 2003 !…), passages through blocks are not mentioned (essential when we're talking military occupation) … Russians have been known to be sloppy… or was Paris not so strategically important ?…

      1. vincent7520

        Update : the rue Visconti, passage Dauphine, Rue de Nesle, rue Mazet, is missing : that's a lot for a 400m x 400m square, not to mention the total inaccuracy of the rue Mazarine, rue de Bucy and rue Dauphine junctions, not to mention the inaccuracy of the rue Jacques Callot, rue de Seine, rue Guénégaud auctions the same spot … wow ! wow ! …

    51. Dontclickme

      Well I mean... them supplying Germans have them the ability to start ww2...

    52. vincent7520

      Nice channel … but the introduction is very very corny…

    53. Jamie Sully

      Love how Frome got a mention 😂

    54. Dm3qXY

      For whatever reasons, i have the video playback on mute.. after scrolling along i see no indication of maps of Britain... leaving page.. bye...

    55. Remittance Man

      So the Russians made maps to help their soldiers invade Britain if they ever needed to. You think we didn't do the same? The only difference is we didn't lose the Cold War and let a whole bunch of our maps get into the wrong hands during the subsequent great bugout.

    56. Ленивый матрос

      - Откуда у них наши старые бумажные карты, Иван? - Не знаю, Иван, но хорошо что они не ничего знают о полной модели планеты в RedOctober.app

    57. Robert Nebot

      I watch for the ads

    58. Adolfas Ramanauskas

      Why would the allies want to give out detailed and oriented map of their airfields, ports and such... weren't they enemies?

    59. A VERY horny Mr.Dinosaur

      i am confusion.. you said it was definitely NOT potatoes!!!??

      1. A VERY horny Mr.Dinosaur

        @Mark Cooper-Jones oh my god, thank you! this was going to bother me for the rest of my entire life!

      2. Mark Cooper-Jones

        Potato/potatoes are different

    60. erobran2

      @Jay Foreman, why the start of the intro have a map of Copenhagen (My City = Denmark) :-)?

    61. groupsphera

      6:06 Ужас!

    62. Aladeen Motherfucker

      Soviet Union is not same as Russia, wtf

    63. devan pig

      Space... lol

    64. Nuthatch666

      Correction: Vodka comes from Poland! Cheers guys :)

    65. Random Account

      0:03 "winning world war 2" How long until the triggered americans come and try to claim they did it? I give it half a minute

    66. M G

      WOW THANKS MAP MEN. I'm going to SUBSCRIBE for more map stuff

    67. Yash Pal Goyal

      7:28 who's amanda rosh lee??

    68. scrubby Bard

      So they can find and poison people with out Google maps

    69. Bartosz Pawlicki

      0:50 Hey, I am both Polish and from Poland and somehow he said it so bad I cannot understand it... Good job

    70. Luk Puk

      Mark how did you break your nose? How long for this channel to pay for the surgery, it stands out like a sore thumb bro xD good vid tho


      Russia's "polish allys"

    72. Rohit Rai

      4:40 here the real john davies and alexander kent www.wired.com/2015/07/secret-cold-war-maps/amp

    73. Kiskaloo

      Sheldon and Amy! You look so different.

    74. Graham Ariss

      I think actually the maps were part of Soviet Planning and thusly quite absurd, for example you show a Polish Airforce Map, very useful for an airforce that the Soviets would not entrust with any aircraft to be able to reach much beyond its borders, let alone to the south coast of England. Not only that, but in the Soviet Union the longer range your aircraft, the further you were placed from the border with the West and or strategic aircraft could only be crewed by personnel with significant family commitments so they would not be motivated to defect to the West, with an event such as an marital breakdown liable to see you posted to the east. However whilst the Soviet Union post Lenin had given up any idea of global domination focusing on its survival and post war tieing the west up in wars away from its borders I.e Korea, Vietnam, Middle East the map making department continued with Plan A, mapping and remapping the world for an occupation that not only would not but also could not happen.

    75. Practical Russian with Tam

      *Here are some Russian lessons and songs*

    76. kirbyman1kanden7pf

      They added lots of land under the Robert Moses Causeway which isn't actually there and combined the small islands of East and West Fire Island into one, which is wrong, but otherwise pretty accurate map for this area Then again it's a really old map

    77. Soinas Doyi

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

    78. Dylan Dreisbach

      I honestly can’t tell if that picnic thing was a joke or not.

      1. Soinas Doyi

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

    79. Grubber Jt

      Interesting subject , pity about the idiotic presentation style.

    80. Gerard Khachaturyan

      0:30 Is that Gillingham?

    81. KayAteChef

      If your enemy has nukes... get some nukes too.

    82. Albert Klarname


    83. Giorgianni Cartamancini

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

    84. Craig Jones

      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.

    85. Thomas Luethi

      @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

    86. Карась Васин

      что это за язык?

    87. Spoops

      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.

    88. Robert Mihalache

      Very well explained. Excellent quality. Well done.

    89. Babalonkie

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

    90. Jötunn

      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.

    91. xfire7

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

    92. Elijah Edric Guinto

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

    93. DartLuke

      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

    94. frank

      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

    95. Фердинанд Уткин

      ДЕГ момент

    96. Pirvog Compost

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

    97. The Original Chefboyoboy

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

    98. Tim M

      The thief from chips challenge??? :)

    99. Mickey Wakefield

      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.

      1. Charles Sebastian Michel de Colbert

        “I believe” is a fancy way of saying I have a vague recollection of this but can’t remember the details.

      2. Charles Sebastian Michel de Colbert

        I believe Napoleon commissioned a huge and detailed 3D relief model of Switzerland, which became a tourist attraction in its own right after the war.

    100. Colonel Panic

      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.