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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 more than 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 opens 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.

The first reference to a handgun was made in an order for iron bullets in 1326.

Approximately 1,100 U boats were sunk or lost during World War II.

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.

Land mines cause 24,000 deaths a year.

In 1997, the US maintained 13,750 nuclear warheads, 5,546 of them on ballistic missiles. See today’s figures.

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

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

Iceland has no military and no military expenditure.

Although the two-finger V for Victory sign is synonymous with Winston Churchill, it actually was the idea of a Belgian refugee in London, Victor De Laveleye.

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.

Also see Conflicts and Disputes

War is not healthy for children and other living beings!

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  • Anabel Harlowe

    The past is the past; the generation that allied themselves with Hitler is no longer in power. A new generation has taken over. Who is to say that they’ll make the same mistakes.