The Shortest War in History

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The Shortest War in History

Postby SW RANGER » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:56 pm

The little known Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 is generally considered to be the shortest war in history, lasting for a grand total of 38 minutes.

The story begins with the signing of the Heligoland-Zanzibar treaty between Britain and Germany in 1890. This treaty effectively drew up spheres of influence between the imperial powers in East Africa; Zanzibar was ceded to British influence, whilst Germany was given control over mainland Tanzania.

With this new found influence, Britain declared Zanzibar a protectorate of the British Empire and moved to install their own ‘puppet’ Sultan to look after the region. Hamad bin Thuwaini, who had been a supporter of the British in the area, was given the position in 1893.

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Re: The Shortest War in History

Postby SamHelders » Sun Mar 15, 2020 8:48 pm

I remembered an one day war in South America due to football match
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