10 of the strangest wars

30-03-2017, 18:35
1. Australian Army vs Emu

In 1932, the emu population in Australia was out of control. According to expert estimates, over 20,000 voracious birds ran across the desert and in principle did not interfere with anyone except the glorious Australian army. The military headquarters of the country decided to teach the bred ostriches a little and announced a “war” for them, the outcome of which for poor birds was not funny at all. During the week, groups of soldiers armed with machine guns ambushed an unsuspecting enemy in the desert. It was bloody November. In seven days, 2500 emus were killed, and then the Australian army capitulated. The soldiers refused to participate in the cruel slaughter. As it turned out later, there were other reasons. Killing an emu actually turned out to be not so simple. Strong birds struck by even several machine-gun bullets continued to run, ahead of heavily loaded Australian soldiers.
2. The shortest war

Most quickly ended, according to most historians, the war between England and Zanzibar. Not surprisingly, because it lasted less than an hour.The war between the United Kingdom, the largest world empire at the end of the 19th century, and the tiny Sultanate of Zanzibar in Eastern Africa began in the morning of August 27, 1896 and ended in about 38 minutes. Sultan Khalid ben Bargash, who did not suit the British. In London, they wanted to see Hamud bin Mohammed on the sultan's throne. According to the treaty between the two powers of 1886, a ruler approved by the British consul was to sit on the throne of Zanzibar. Khalid became a sultan bypassing this condition. In London, this was considered to be an ample reason for declaring war. The British government presented an ultimatum to Khalid. The British demanded that he order the troops to lay down their arms and abdicate the throne. In response, the sultan barricaded himself together with the guard in the sultan's palace. The ultimatum expired at 9.00 on August 27. By this time, the British had assembled 3 cruisers and 2 gunboats with 150 marines and 900 Zanzibar men at the entrance to the harbor of Zanzibar. At 9.02 they started shelling the palace.The outbreak of fire destroyed the artillery of the defenders of the palace. One of the shells interrupted the flagpole of the Sultan. The shelling stopped at 9.40 after the surrender of Khalid. Zanzibaris lost about 500 people. The British had a lightly wounded sailor.
3. Football War

Some wars begin with a surprise attack, others with mass slaughter, and this one started with a football match between Salvador and Honduras in 1969. El Salvador lost the match, tension between the states increased and on June 14 the army of the losing team launched an offensive against Honduras. Four days Salvadoran military took revenge on the residents of Honduras for the defeat of their football team. After the Organization of American States intervened and the lawlessness was terminated. The casualties of this war amounted to 3,000 people.
4. The longest war

Ironically, the longest war that our civilization had was without a single sacrifice. This is a war between the Netherlands and the island of Scilly, located off the south-west coast of Great Britain. No one remembers who was the first and why he declared this war in 1651, but the fact remains that during the whole time of the "military actions" not one person died. In 1986, the war was remembered and a peace treaty was concluded. If all wars were such ...
five.Pig of contention

In 1859, a British infantryman shot a pig roaming American soil. Outraged Americans declared war. For four months, a plan of retaliation was developed for British troops, tactics and strategies of military operations were built, but eventually the British apologized, saying that it was an accident. The war ended there. War losses: 1 pig.
6. War of pork and beans

Another funny confrontation between the United States and the UK at the border of the state of Maine. After the war of 1812, British troops occupied most of the eastern state of Maine and, despite the absence of troops in the area, still considered it British territory. In the winter of 1838, American loggers sawed firewood in the disputed area and, as a result, provoked the wrath of Great Britain, which transferred troops to the area. The States, in response, also pulled up the troops and it seemed that war would be inevitable. For eleven months, active hostilities were expected, which never began. Due to an error in the supply department, the American troops received a huge amount of beans and pork, which they gorged on, and then organized "gas attacks", frightening the loud sounds of the British.And although military action was never undertaken, more than 550 died on both sides from illnesses and accidents in 11 months of inactivity.
7. War of stray dogs

In 1925, Greece and Bulgaria were sworn enemies. They fought each other during the First World War, and these wounds have not healed. Tensions were particularly acute at the border in the area called Petrich. There, a shaky peace was broken on October 22, 1925, when a Greek soldier chased a dog fleeing to the Bulgarian border and was killed by a Bulgarian guard. Greece promised revenge and invaded Petrich the very next day. They quickly cleared the district frontier post, killing over fifty Bulgarian soldiers, but could not move further inland. The League of Nations called for stopping the invasion and leaving Petrich. Ten days later, Greece withdrew its troops, paying Bulgaria 45,000 pounds in compensation for the damage.
8. Paraguay War

The President of Paraguay, Francisco Solano Lopez, was a great admirer of Napoleon Bonaparte. He imagined himself to be a professional strategist and a great commander, but one thing was missing — war.To solve this small problem, in 1864, he declared war on three countries around Paraguay at once - Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The outcome of the war? Paraguay was almost completely destroyed and ravaged. It is estimated that about 90% of the country's male population died during the war, disease and famine. The senseless slaughter in the name of the glory of the commander from 1864 to 1870 lasted. Losses in this war amounted to over 400,000 people, which is a colossal figure for Latin America at that time.
9. Bucket of contention

This war began in 1325, when rivalry between the independent city-states of Modena and Bologna reached its climax due to a simple wooden bucket. The problems began when a detachment of Modeni soldiers raided Bologna and stole a wooden bucket in one of the wells. Wanting to get the stolen thing back, Bologna declared war and for 12 years unsuccessfully tried to return the lost wooden bucket. To this day, this trophy is kept in Modena.
10.War between Montenegro and Japan

In 1904, Montenegro declared war on Japan in order to support Russia in the Russo-Japanese War. But, due to the territorial range of these countries,neither side carried out one attack on the other, and only those Montenegrins who served in the Russian army participated in the hostilities (regardless of the position of Montenegro relative to Japan). When making peace between Russia and Japan, the small Balkan country was forgotten, and only in 2006 did the countries decide to sign a peace treaty in order to formally end the war regime.

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