The declaration of war is usually considered the last resort. We believe that no one would insignificantly risk the safety of their people.
We can hope that all governments put the interests of his people in the foreground, but if we take care of it, we can in the past, for example observe that people have declared war on their enemies, neighbors, and even friends for the most trivial of reasons, and sometimes for no reason.
Ten times nothing was fought for here.
See also: 10 Incredible historical sites that we have lost forever (out of stupidity).
0 Cake Wars
In 1821 Mexico gained independence from Spain and, as always in times of political change, this caused a certain amount of unrest. In the years that followed, clashes between government forces and rebels were common, causing damage to the property of the Mexican people.
One of these buildings near Mexico City belonged to a French confectioner.
The cook was unhappy that his bakery had been searched and his petit fours had been stolen by sweet looters. He applied for compensation from the Mexican government. The government had bigger problems than his rolls and sent him to pack.
However, the cook was a man of determination. As a French citizen, he decided to ask the King of France for help. Coincidentally, the French government was not too happy with Mexico in any way.
They asked the Mexican government to pay the baker a high compensation.
In 1838, the French Navy began blocking ports along the Gulf of Mexico, and the United States shook hands with France in the event that they ran out of ships. When the blockade was unsuccessful, the French began bombing Mexico.
Mexico declared war on France and ordered all capable men to be drafted.
However, the French were better organized and had conquered the entire Mexican Navy within a few days. Mexico gathered and began to drive French troops from Mexican soil back to their ships, and the struggle continued.
The confectionery war lasted a total of 4 months before Mexico finally agreed to pay compensation to the cook, and the French armed forces withdrew.
9 The war for a pig and some potatoes
The Oregon Treaty of 1846, which marked the 49th parallel of America's border, created a certain problem for the island around Vancouver, especially for the island of San Juan, which was located at the mouth of the canal and was therefore strategically important. Both America and Britain claimed San Juan, but for a while British and American settlers lived peacefully on the island.
Until one day in 1859 a pig migrated from the British side of the island and helped itself on some potatoes planted by a neighboring farmer on the American side of the line.
The American farmer shot the potato roast pig, which happened to belong to an employee of the Hudson Bay company.
The pig farmer demanded justice.
The farmer offered him $ 10.
However, the pig farmer was not satisfied. He reported the "murder" to the British authorities, who were threatening to arrest the farmers.
Then it got really weird. The American filed a petition requesting protection of the U.S. military and a company from the 9th Infantry Battalion was sent to the island.
The British sent three warships and there was a tense standoff, a Bay of Pig-like incident involving real pigs.
The argument lasted one month.
At that time, the belligerents were said to be 3 warships, 84 cannons and over 2,600 men. The British were then instructed to land their troops on the island of San Juan and to drag the Americans into battle. With which finally common sense prevailed. Admiral Robert Baynes refused to obey the orders and said he "would not involve two large nations in a pig war."
8 The war "Hey, this is my chair"
The kingdom of the Ashanti, which today belongs to Ghana, was once coveted by the British Empire. King Prempeh refused to become part of the British Protectorate in 1896 and the British used to "protect" his kingdom by force. However, the Ashanti did not give up easily and fought bitterly against their invaders.
The Golden Chair was a symbol of power in the Ashanti kingdom. It should have descended from heaven to land at the feet of the first king of Ashanti, and it should carry the soul of the Ashanti nation.
The stool made of solid gold was only 18 inches high and 24 inches high centimeters and was considered so sacred that no one was allowed to sit on it. It was an artifact of immense cultural importance. And then, in 1900, the British governor of the Gold Coast, Sir Frederick Hodgson, decided that he would like to sit on it.
In fact, he asked to sit on it.
The Ashanti were outraged and a violent war broke out, in the course of which 2,000 Ashanti and 1,000 British troops died. The war lasted 6 months until Yaa Asantewaa, the Queen Mother and goalkeeper of the Golden Chair, was captured.
However, the chair was not found. It was hidden from the British for many years before finally being brought back to its ceremonial home.
7 There is a war in my bucket
In 1325 Italy was a divided country, divided into those who believed in the supremacy of the Holy Roman Emperor and those who only submitted to the Pope. This struggle had lasted 200 years, and outbreaks of violence between the two sides often started over trifles.
However, the 1325 clash that killed thousands of men was particularly remarkable from the start over a wooden bucket. The neighboring cities of Modena and Bologna held opposing views in the debate between the emperor and the pope. The Modena ruler encouraged attacks on Bologna. The Pope declared him the enemy of the Church and offered indulgences to all who attacked him.
There were several border skirmishes in which each side raided an area, slaughtered the residents, burned fields and crops, and withdrew into their own area.
And then the fashionable soldiers reached the center of Bologna, where an oak bucket stood next to a fountain. The bucket was filled with goods that the Bolognese were hiding from the invaders.
The Modenese stole the bucket and its contents, brought it back to Modena and exhibited it next to their fountain.
Bologna declared war on Modena. The Pope and the Emperor immediately joined the struggle. The Pope sent 30,000 soldiers and 2,000 knights on horseback. The emperor sent 5000 soldiers and 2000 mounted knights. In a war lasting several months, 2,000 men died until Modena finally won.
The bucket was exhibited in Modena Cathedral as a symbol of her victory.
Despite this magnanimous appearance, skirmishes continued for another 200 years. I can’t imagine why.
6 The Football War 1969
Every 4 years the Football World Cup intensifies local rivalries. Usually this is a friendly rivalry or maybe limited to singing rude songs about the opposition. However, things got a little more serious in 1969 when Honduras and El Salvador tried to qualify for the 1970 World Cup.
The first leg was played in Honduras and the Hondurans won 1-0. The second leg was played in El Salvador, which the El Salvadorians won 3-0.
The Hondurans did not survive the defeat well. The large Salvadoran communities in Honduras were attacked when many people were dragged and beaten out of their homes. Shotguns were even fired into the fans' coaches, and similar incidents had occurred against the Hondurans in El Salvador. It was clear that both groups of followers had a grudge.
A play-off match was to take place in Mexico.
The tensions were great. The match was a draw at the final whistle, but after extra time, El Salvador won 3-2.
That should have done the trick. However, El Salvador was upset that Honduras "has failed to take effective measures to punish these crimes that constitute genocide". He broke diplomatic relations and attacked several Honduran targets through their air force.
And for the most part they invaded Honduras.
After four days of fighting, El Salvador was persuaded to withdraw his troops. There were an estimated 2,000 deaths and injuries on each side, and around 300,000 Salvadorans living in Honduras had been displaced in the aftermath of the game.
In a soccer game.
5 When someone got their hump over a camel
Some neighbors just don't get along. Take, for example, the Taghleb and Bakr tribes. They fought for a camel in the Basus War for 40 years.
It started when the leader of the Tagleb tribe killed a camel that was lost on its land. Unfortunately, the camel belonged to the other tribal leader's wife. A little thing, you might think, but when it comes to pride and honor, it can get hot quickly. The Tagleb leader was retaliated and the two tribes were immediately at war.
The Bakr leader realized that things might have gotten a little out of control and sent his son to negotiate an armistice.
The Taghlebs killed him.
The Bakr leader swore vengeance and neither side trusted the other, the fighting continued for 40 years.
4 The Poetry Battle
The Kurukshetra War is said to have occurred in the Indian kingdom of Kuru around 3000 BC. BC broke out, although the estimates of the war dates were very different. But no matter when it happened, events were recorded in one of the most famous Hindu epic poems, so we can be sure that we know exactly what happened.
The Pandavas and the Kauravas were neighboring and rival tribes. The trouble started with a game of dice between the sons of the ruling tribal leaders that always caused trouble. The trouble worsened when the Kauravas son decided to cheat. When he received the right to rule the entire Pandavas kingdom for 13 years, feelings were high.
According to the poem, the Pandavas honored the dubious bet and went into exile. The end of the Kauravas refused to return the territory and denied any knowledge of the terms agreed. The Pandavas had no choice but to declare war.
So far, so plausible.
There followed a war on a large scale, which, at least according to the poem, led to a death toll that made the First World War look like a skirmish.
Perhaps the 2 million victim rate was slightly inflated, but the Kauravas insulted Lord Krishna, who wanted to condescend to mediate the dispute. Angering a deity is always good to increase the death toll. (And not only soldiers died. Apparently there were also 390,000 elephants and over a million horses.)
The two sides developed detailed rules of engagement to ensure fair play, including no fighting after dark. Only single battles are allowed and both fighters have the same weapons. There were also some reasons not to kill women, wounded, or animals, but it was all pretty irrelevant because neither side adhered to the code.
The war lasted 18 days, at the end of which there was almost no one left. The Pandavas, with the help of Lord Krishna, have won technically, although everything must have looked a bit controversial at the time.
Although not all the details of the war can be checked and some are almost certainly exaggerated, it is generally accepted that some kind of war took place between the two tribes, and possibly as a result of the crooked game.
3 The Stray Dog War
Greece and Bulgaria had historically difficult relationships, and tensions peaked in the early 1920s. Gangs of men from both countries crossed the border to steal property and livestock from their neighbors, and these raids often ended in bloody violence.
Sometimes it is difficult to identify a single inciting incident in a conflict, but in October 1925 there could be no doubt. The following war was caused by a stray dog. At a border crossing, a playful dog, who did not recognize nationality, was running on a leash. Its owner, a Greek soldier, took a few steps into Bulgarian territory to catch his dog, whereupon a Bulgarian guard shot him.
Both sides immediately opened fire before a Greek officer waving a white flag marched into the no man's land for peace. The Bulgarians also shot him.
The skirmish was the first test of strength for the new Greek military dictator, and he reacted decisively. He gave Bulgaria 48 hours to apologize, arrest the snipers and compensate the victims' families. Then, without waiting for the 48 hours, he marched into Bulgaria anyway.
The Greek army was not held back. They pillaged and pillaged their way through Bulgaria and burned villages along the way.
Bulgaria pushed back.
Greece decided to call on its allies and invited Serbia to use them to defend the dog's honor.
Bulgaria went to the League of Nations for protection.
The war escalated quickly and at least 50 people were killed. The League of Nations judged Greece to be an attacker and asked for compensation. The Greek dictator was humiliated and soon found himself overthrown.
The entire incident has shown how a small incident can have unintended and far-reaching consequences and why it is extremely important to keep your dog on a leash at all times.
2 The Bird Poop War
When When you think of valuable goods, bird droppings are usually not the first thing that comes to mind. Most people find it more annoying than anything else. But in 1864, Spain attacked Peru (not for the first time) to get its hands on the Peruvian bird prey.
This particular bird hive or guano, as it was also called, proved to be an excellent fertilizer 30 times stronger than cow manure. The Spaniards couldn't get enough of it.
However, the Peruvians had previously been beaten by the Spaniards. They may have lost the gold, but they were determined to keep the crap. They knew everything about its wondrously growing properties.
Spain decided to occupy the Chinca Islands, where the streets were literally paved with guano until an agreement was reached.
Peru called its navy and its neighbor, Chile, took part in the battle, which lasted two years. After that, Peru managed to regain control of the Poop Islands, which are still rich in natural resources and which you may or may not want to know. You can still visit today.
1 The Infinite War
The Hatfields and McCoys were two families who lived on the border between West Virginia and Kentucky around the time of the Civil War.
The Hatfields and McCoys didn't like each other.
The families were on opposite sides during the war, and it is probably justified to say that both families were as bad as the others.
However, it was suspected that the murder of a McCoy started through a hatfield.
The feud continued and a McCoy claimed that a hatfield had stolen his pig. The McCoy claimed to recognize the pig by the markings on his ear. The Hatfields claimed that the brand was actually a Hatfield brand.
A judge ruled in favor of the Hatfields.
Then a witness who testified in the pig trial was murdered. Two McCoys were charged with murder for self-defense, but were acquitted.
Then one of the McCoy women moved with a hatfield, which would have been 2-1 hatfields, but the woman soon returned to her own family. When the two lovers tried to reconcile in secret, the Hatfield boy was arrested under the McCoys motto.
2-1 against the McCoys.
Rode through the night to warn the Hatfields who saved him from the McCoys.
Despite the McCoy woman's courage to save her lover, it turned out that the lover was not worth the effort and he gave up on her when she became pregnant.
3-2 to the Hatfields
Then he took on a McCoy with her cousin
And so it went on.
A hatfield was stabbed 26 times, his McCoy attackers tied to a tree and shot.
Another McCoy killed another Hatfield.
Another Hatfield returned the favor.
Then, on New Year's Eve 1888, several members of the Hatfield clan surrounded the McCoys' hut and opened fire on the family while they slept. They set fire to the hut, killed two of the children and nearly beat a woman to death.
Some McCoys fled to nearby forests just to freeze to death.
No one knew the score at that time.
A group, including some of the few remaining McCoys, set out to track down the Hatfields. They shot a hatfield and several followers before cornering the rest of them in Grapevine Creek.
But the Hatfields were prepared.
A vicious battle ensued and the few Hatfields and McCoys
who survived the battle were eventually arrested. Some were sentenced to life imprisonment and one was hanged.
About the Author: Ward Hazell is a freelance writer and travel writer who is currently studying for a doctorate in English literature.