6 Little-Known Historical Facts That Can Surprise Even ’A’ Students

2. The shortest war in history was the war between Great Britain and Zanzibar.

6 Little-Known Historical Facts That Can Surprise Even ’A’ Students

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the shortest war in history was the war between Great Britain and Zanzibar that took place on August 27, 1896. After the death of Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini, who was actively cooperating with Great Britain, his cousin Sultan Khalid bin Barghash arranged a palace coup and seized power being supported by Germany. It went against the politics and interests of Great Britain that’s why the British army sent the ultimatum and surrounded the palace with troops.

The sultan had only a royal yacht, “Glasgow,” and a little more than 3,000 people on his side. The British had a squadron which consisted of more than 5 ships. Once the squadron opened fire against “Glasgow” and the palace, everyone rushed away and left the palace. However, the Zanzibari flag continued to wave on the palace flagpole, and the British regarded it as a refusal to surrender. After having destroyed the flag, the British finished the attack. Therefore, the war lasted for only 38 minutes.

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