Warfare in Miniature: Shortest Wars Across the Ages


2024/05/27 17:21:43 IST

Shortest Wars

    From diplomatic disputes to territorial ambitions, these brief yet significant conflicts have shaped the course of nations and influenced global relations. Here, we delve into the stories behind some of the shortest wars in human history.

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1. Anglo-Zanzibar War (1896):

    This conflict holds the record for the shortest war in history, lasting only 38 minutes. It erupted when the Sultan of Zanzibar refused to step down and recognize British authority after the death of his pro-British predecessor. British warships bombarded the Sultans palace, quickly ending the resistance.

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2. Football War (1969)

    A brief conflict between Honduras and El Salvador, sparked by longstanding tensions over land reform and migration issues, as well as a contentious series of soccer matches during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The war lasted just four days but had long-term consequences for diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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3. Russo-Georgian War (2008)

    The Russo-Georgian War of 2008 was a brief but intense conflict between Georgia and Russia, primarily centered around the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The war lasted only five days.

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4. Six-Day War (1967)

    Fought between Israel and the neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, this war lasted just six days. It resulted in a decisive Israeli victory, with Israel gaining control of the Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and the Golan Heights.

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5. Indo-Pakistani War (1971)

    The conflict known as the Indo-Pakistani War, endured for a duration of 13 days, concluding with a clear triumph for India. This outcome led to the capitulation of more than 93,000 Pakistani military personnel and the establishment of Bangladesh following the separation of East Pakistan.

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6. Serbo-Bulgarian War (1885)

    The conflict known as the Serbo-Bulgarian War in 1885 spanned a period of 14 days and concluded with a triumph for Bulgaria. The war, centered around the goal of Bulgarian unification, saw the smaller Bulgarian military forces prevailing over Serbia.

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