FYI Shortest War
The shortest war on record is The Anglo-Zanzibar War which lasted only 45 minutes. The war was fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on August 27,1896. War broke out after Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini died. His nephew, Khalid bin Bargash, grabbed power in a coup d’état. The British wanted another candidate, Hamud bin Muhammed, to be in charge because they felt he would cooperate with them. They asked Bragash to step down but he refused to abdicate and instead began fortifying the palace. Meanwhile the Royal Navy brought in five warships and landed Royal Marines to support the regular army of Zanzibar. The warships opened fire on the palace at 9 am on 27 August 1896. Bargash ran away to the German consulate where he was granted asylum. The shelling stopped after 45 minutes and thus ended the Anglo-Zanzibar war.