Top 10 shortest wars in history

history & culture

Wars change the shape of history dramatically. Most wars have a timespan of years or even generations. But the lenght of a war doesn’t say something of its intensity or number of casualities. Here’s the following list of shortest wars in history, that were sometimes very intense/effective (depending on your view)!

Top 10 shortest wars in history

  1. Falklands War – 74 days, 907 casualties, Argentina and UK fought over a claim on Antarctica from April to June 1982
  2. Polish-Lithuanian War – 37 days, casualties unknown, according to Polish histiography the war lasted from September 1 – October 7, 1920
  3. Second Balkan War – 32 days, 157.000 casualties, Bulgaria attacked its former allies Serbia and Greece, on 29 June 1913
  4. Greco-Turkish War – 30 days, 1.783 casualties, a war fought between the Kingdom of Greece and Ottoman Empire in 1897. AKA Thirty Days’ War
  5. Sino–Vietnamese War – 27 days, 56.000 casualties (est.), a brief but bloody border war fought between the People’s Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, from February 17, 1979, to March 16, 1979
  6. Georgian-Armenian War – 24 days, casualties unknown , border war fought in 1918 between the Democratic Republic of Georgia and the Democratic Republic of Armenia
  7. Serbo-Bulgarian War – 14 days, 1.546 casualties, war between Serbia and Bulgaria that started on 14 November 1885 and lasted until 28 November
  8. Indo-Pakistani War – 13 days, 12.843 casualties, military conflict between India and Pakistan, started on 3 December, ended 16 December 1971
  9. Six-Day War – 6 days, 24.483 casualties, from June 5 to June 10 1967, Israel attacks neighboring states of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria by surprise and takes the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Golan Heights
  10. Anglo-Zanzibar War – 38 minutes, 500 casualties, fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on 27 August 1896. By far the shortest war of history!