Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Shortest War In The History

Sultans Palace

The only major thing what this world dislike is War. War is cause for the tears of many families. Actually an effective war lasts for more than one month but in the case of Anglo-Zanzibar War it lasts for just thirty eight minutes. Anglo-Zanzibar War was the shortest war in the history. The war was happened between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on August 27, 1896. Khalid bin Bargash was the nephew of Hamad bin Thuwaini, the Sultan of Zanzibar, who died suddenly on 25th August 1896. Due to his death Khalid thought of crowning as Sultan but United Kingdom preferred Hamud bin Muhammed, who was their favorite.
Khalid assembled in front of Sultan’s palace on August 26, with the troop of 2,800 men to crown as Sultan. On 27th British navy force assembled in Zanzibar and opened the fire on palace. Then Khalid ran away to German for asylum. After 38 minutes the war ended and Hamud bin Muhammed was crowned as a Sultan. This was the shortest war in the history.

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