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The war files

Saturday 26 February 2011, 04:53AM


* The shortest war on record took place in 1896 when Zanzibar surrendered to Britain after 38 minutes.

 

* The longest was the so-called 100-years war between Britain and France. It actually lasted 116 years, ending in 1453.

 

* It was during the 100-years war that direct taxation on income was introduced, a British invention designed to finance the war with France.

 

* Since 1495, no 25-year period has been without war.

 

* Since 1815 there has been 210 interstate wars.

 

* During the Battle of Waterloo, Lord Uxbridge had his horse shot from under him 9 times.

 

* Chevy Chase was a battle that took place on the English-Scottish border in 1388.

 

* The doors that cover US nuclear silos weigh 748 tons and open in 19 seconds.

 

* The first recorded revolution took place at around 2800 BC when people from the Sumerian city of Lagash overthrew bureaucrats who were lining their own pockets but kept raising taxes.

 

* The NATO attack on Serbia in 1999 during the Kosovo war killed more animals than people.

 

* The very first bomb that the Allies dropped on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

 

* There are 92 known cases of nuclear bombs lost at sea.

 

* When killed in battle, Japanese officers were promoted to the next highest rank.

 

* During the 1991 Gulf War, the Allies dropped more than 17,000 smart bombs and 210,000 dumb (unguided) bombs on Iraqi troops.

 

* About 50% of arms exports go to non-democratic regimes.

 

* Annual global spending on military is $1.3 trillion (45% by USA).

 

* Iceland has no military and no military expenditure.

 

* Chemical and biological warfare have been used long before World War 1. During the Peloponnesian War in the 5th century BC, Spartans used sulfur and pitch to overcome the enemy.

 

* One out of every two casualties of war is a civilian caught in the crossfire.

 

 

 

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