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Top 5 Shortest War

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The chronicle of human civilization keeps the memory of many wars. Tribe against tribe, people against people, state against the state - people have been fighting among themselves since time immemorial. Brutal, bloody wars last for years, decades. However, there are also lightning-fast military conflicts that end in a couple of days, or even in a few hours. Short wars are no better than long battles; every war is accompanied by destruction and loss of life.

Falklands War

When Great Britain captured the Falkland Islands in 1833, for the Argentines it was not just a territorial loss, but also a blow to national pride. Argentina has been waiting for revenge for almost 150 years.

Finally, in 1982, Argentine soldiers landed on the islands and drove out the British. In response, British warships blocked the approaches to the Falklands. The military contingent of Argentina on the islands was destroyed in 74 days. According to official statistics, 907 people died during this military clash, three of which were civilians.

The issue of ownership of the Falkland Islands has not yet been resolved. The requirements for the return of the Falklands are enshrined in the Argentine constitution.

Panama conflict

On December 20, 1989, the United States invaded the territory of the sovereign state of Panama.

The main reason for the outbreak of hostilities was the loss of control over the Panama Canal. The reason for the Panama War was the need to ensure the safety of 35,000 American citizens who lived in Panama at that time. Compared to the US army, the troops of the Panamanian state were too few and poorly armed, so the outcome of the conflict was a foregone conclusion. The battles for the independence of Panama lasted 5 days.

Then diplomats got involved, and on January 31, 1990, the parties finally reached a peace agreement.

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Arab-Israeli conflict

In 1967, a war broke out in the Middle East between Egypt and Israel.

Egypt and its allies: Syria, Jordan and Iraq planned an attack on Israel. However, their plans became known to Israeli intelligence. As a result, Tel Aviv decided that the best defence is an attack. On June 5, Israeli aircraft bombed Egyptian military airfields. The Egyptians lost their air fleet, and Israel gained complete superiority in the sky.

The ground military operations of the Israelis were also successful. By winning on the battlefield, Tel Aviv gained control of Sinai, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip. The disheartened Arabs laid down their arms on June 10, which is why this conflict was called the Six-Day War.

football war

Two South American states, El Salvador and Honduras, had not only a common border but also mutual territorial claims. In addition, the standard of living in Honduras was significantly higher than that of its neighbours. All this sooner or later had to result in a military conflict. The press in both countries provoked bellicose moods among the townsfolk, blaming the neighbours for all the problems.

When the football team of Honduras lost to the Salvadorans in the qualifying match of the world football championship, the states ended diplomatic relations and recalled diplomatic missions. In Honduras, citizens of El Salvador began to be persecuted by the local population, they were insulted and beaten.

On July 14, El Salvador attacked Honduras. Honduras responded by destroying oil storage facilities in El Salvador. Caught in a stalemate, both sides considered it best to refrain from further aggressive action. But in the 6 days that the football war lasted, both states suffered enormous economic losses.

Anglo-Zanzibar War

The war in Zanzibar is officially the shortest military conflict. The fighting lasted less than an hour.

After the death of the Sultan of Zanzibar, his cousin Khalid ibn Bargash seized power in the country. His candidacy did not suit the British. Therefore, they demanded that the newly-minted ruler abdicate the throne. Barash fortified the British simply silt the palace and prepared to hold the siege. But after the expiration of the ultimatum, the British simply shot the Sultan's residence with naval guns. The fortress fell, the Sultan fled.

The fighting took 40 minutes. They would have ended even earlier, but there was no one to lower the flag.

So Britain protected its interests in Zanzibar

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