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143401.  Tue Feb 06, 2007 6:42 pm Reply with quote

OK, pretty simple this, name an unusual war and what's unusual about it.

I'm going off to research

143466.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 3:40 am Reply with quote

The Anglo-Zanzibar War, the shortest war in history. Fighting started at 9:02 am, reached its peak at 9:15 and was all over by 9:40. The jewel of the Zanzibar defence force was its only warship, the Glasgow, an aging ocean tramp. The turning point in the war came when it was sunk with only two shells.

s: Stephen Pile, The Book of Heroic Failures

143506.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:38 am Reply with quote

I would have thought that a war which lasted slightly over half an hour ought to have been counted as a success rather than as a failure.

143545.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:41 am Reply with quote

The Hundred Year's war lasted more than 100 years, if my sources are correct.

My sources being someone who took history at college when I was there about three years ago.

143605.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:22 am Reply with quote

That's true, it lasted 116 years. (1337-1453)

143620.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 9:50 am Reply with quote

I give you: the War of Jenkin's Ear.

The strangely named "War of Jenkins' Ear" had an improbable and superficial origin, and an unusually tragic ending. In 1731, a Spanish coast guard sloop off Havana boarded the English privateer Robert Jenkins of the Rebecca as he made his his way from Jamaica to London. The Spanish found no evidence of privateering, but repeatedly tortured Jenkins and a Lieutenant Dorce finally sliced off his ear with his cutlass and told him to take it to King George as a token of what they had in mind for the king. Seven years later Jenkins was invited by a certain party of warmongers to display his pickled ear to Parliament, thereby inflaming British and American colonial opinion against Spain. The government of Hugh Walpole duly but reluctantly declared war. The press and later historians could not resist naming the war for its theatrical beginning.

143689.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:06 pm Reply with quote

What about that war in Central America some years ago, El Salvador and Guatemala I think? It all started when the military of each side backed their football hooligans after a World Cup qualifier.

On the basis of my belief that you should only go to war if your country or people are actually attacked, the only war England/Britain should have had was the Falklands, since 1066 or the Armada I suppose. Typically British, for a long time it was only called a 'conflict'.

143693.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:12 pm Reply with quote

The vietnam 'war' wasnt a techical a war as the American never officiallly declared war; and the Korean 'war' was techically a police action which isn't a war.

143723.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:42 pm Reply with quote


I'm pretty certain that for a lot of the Middle Ages and the wars involving England, England was under attack. It was not our fault that large lumps of France were, at the time, ruled from here, and thus when invaded, England was being invaded.



143725.  Wed Feb 07, 2007 1:43 pm Reply with quote

Wiki wars...

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PS. Surely 'strings or Banter would've been a better place for this?

144340.  Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:04 pm Reply with quote

Berwick-upon-Tweed was officially at war with Russia until a treaty was signed in 1966 by a Russian diplomat and Berwick's mayor. This stemmed from Berwick being omitted from the Treaty of Paris, signed by Queen Victoria, that ended the Crimean War.

144348.  Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:20 pm Reply with quote

This is one of those "well known facts" that turns out not to be true, I'm afraid.

It was discussed here.

144360.  Thu Feb 08, 2007 2:26 pm Reply with quote

Made all the more "well known" by the fact it appeared as true in the show.

144445.  Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:52 pm Reply with quote

The 'War of Bouvines' (1202 - 1214) which wasn't really a war at all but simply a series of bad-tempered outbursts between John Lackland and Philippe II of France.


King of Quok
144481.  Thu Feb 08, 2007 5:59 pm Reply with quote

I trust we're confining ourselves to matters of reality here? Otherwise I'd advance the War of the Skeezers and the Flatheads as one of the more peculiar in children's literature. It appears in the final Frank Baum novel, 'Glinda of Oz' and remarkably manages to combine both a metaphor for the First World War with an exposition of theosophist philosophy as advanced by, amongst others, Helen Blavatsky.


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