People have always been not averse to fighting – it is noticeable, even if you take a very cursory look at our history. Wars were fought for various reasons, sometimes quite logical – money, power, religion, territory. But there were also much more ridiculous pretexts for armed conflicts – often with the same ending.
Wars over stray dogs, pigs and emus, oak buckets, and football matches. Wars without a single drop of blood and with thousands of casualties. What to do, wars are in the blood of humanity …
Lijar and France
In 1883, the small Spanish village of Lijar found it outrageous to insult the Spanish king during his stay in France. The mayor of Lijar, with the support of three hundred inhabitants, declared war on France on behalf of his village. Not a single shot has been fired over the nearly 100-year history of the “conflict,”.
War of the bucket
The “Oaken Bucket War” took place in medieval Italy in 1325. Two cities, Bologna and Modena, have long been at enmity, but the abduction of a brand new oak bucket from the city well, committed by a deserter from Bologna to Modena, was the last straw. The war was marked by the only battle in which the Bolognese lost and were left without a bucket.
War of the Triple Alliance
The Paraguayan war from 1864 to 1870 went down in history as one of the bloodiest wars due to the ruler’s ambitions. The President of the Republic, Francisco Solano Lopez, was a great admirer of Napoleon, while not possessing high war skills. Paraguay declared war on Brazil, Argentina, and Uruguay – and suffered a terrible defeat, losing 300 thousand people, about 90% of the male population.
Incident at Petrich
The “War of the Stray Dog” was nicknamed the 1925 conflict between Greece and Bulgaria, who had previously fought against each other during the First World War. According to rumors, a Greek soldier chased a stray dog fed by him and was shot by Bulgarian border guards. In response, Greece sent troops into Bulgaria, and filed a complaint against her with the League of Nations.
The Aroostook War took place between the United States and Britain in 1838-1839, during a dispute between the two countries over the border between the United States and Canada. Thanks to diplomacy, a direct armed conflict was avoided, but several soldiers died from illness and accidents.
The Pig War was another confrontation between the United States and the British Empire in 1859 on the disputed San Juan Islands. A British farmer shot and killed a pig owned by an Irish man on American soil. The heated dispute almost spilled over into a military conflict, but everything was resolved peacefully.
Three hundred and thirty-five years war
The Three Hundred and Thirty-Five Years War is officially recognized as one of the longest and least bloody wars in the history of mankind. It “passed” between the Netherlands and the Scilly archipelago as part of Great Britain, began in 1651, and ended in 1986. It was just that the declaration of war was completely forgotten at some point, coming to their senses three centuries later.
The “football war” broke out for four days in 1969 between El Salvador and Honduras, following the defeat of the Honduran team in the qualifying matches of the World Cup. The losses on both sides amounted to about five thousand people, the peace treaty was signed only ten years later.
Guerra del Asiento in Spain
The War for Jenkins’ Ear was fought between England and Spain from 1739 to 1742. Formally, it began because of the severed ear of the English captain Robert Jenkins as a symbol of the aggression of the Spanish soldiers against the English sailors. The ear was thoroughly alcoholized and presented in parliament.
The 1932 emu war in Australia claims to be the most stupid military operation in existence. The emus were devouring the crops of Australian farmers, who called for the help of soldiers with machine guns. We managed to shoot several hundred birds… out of twenty thousand. The problem remained unresolved, and the farmers had to come to terms.