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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.


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* 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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