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The Shortest War

The shortest war was that between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar, from 9:02 am to 9:40 am on 27 August 1896, after only 38 minutes of bombardment. The UK ships of war under Rear-Admiral Harry Rawson (1843 - 1910) delivered a final statement to the self-appointed Sultan Said Khalid to evacuate his palace and surrender.


The Longest War

"Hundred Years War" between England and France was the longest war. It lasted for 116 years from 1337 to 1453. It may be said the ninth Crusades, comprised a single holy war, extending over 195 years, from First (1096 - 1104) to the Ninth (1270 - 1291).


The Earliest Conflict

A broken wooden spear found by S. Hazzledine Warren in April 1911 at Clacton-on-Sea is believed to be the oldest known offensive weapon. It is estimated to have been fashioned before 200,000 BC.


The Bloodiest Civil

By far the bloodiest civil war was the T'ai-P'ing rebellion. From 1851 to 1864, peasant sympathisers of southern Ming dynasty fought the Manchu government troops in China. Hung Hsiu-Ch'uan (executed) led the rebellion. He imagined himself to be a younger brother of Jesus Christ.


The Bloodiest War

The most costly war in terms of human life was the World War II (1937 -1945). The total number of fatalities of all countries is estimated roughly 72 million people. The civilian toll was around 47 million including death due to war related famine and disease. Poland was the country that suffered most with 6,028,000 of her population of 35,100,000 killed. In World War I, the total military death toll was 9.7 million. The figure rouses to 25 million in world war II.


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