Anglo-Zanzibar War

The Anglo-Zanzibar War wis a militar conflict focht atween the Unitit Kinrick an the Zanzibar Sultanate on 27 August 1896. The conflict lastit atween 38 an 45 minutes, merkin it as the shortest recordit war in history.[3] The immediate cause o the war wis the daith o the pro-Breetish Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini on 25 August 1896 an the subsequent succession o Sultan Khalid bin Barghash. The Breetish authorities preferred Hamud bin Muhammed, wha wis mair favourable tae Breetish interests, as sultan. In accordance wi a treaty signed in 1886, a condeetion for accession tae the sultanate wis that the candidate obtain the permission o the Breetish consul, an Khalid haedna fulfilled this requirement. The Breetish considered this a casus belli an sent an ultimatum tae Khalid demandin that he order his forces tae staund doun an leave the palace. In response, Khalid cawed up his pailace gaird an barricadit himsel inside the palace. Efter the ultimatum expired, the Breetish fired, an wan.

Anglo-Zanzibar War
Pairt o the Scrammle for Africae
The Sultan's harem efter the bombardment
Date09:02–09:40 EAT (06:02–06:40 UTC), 27 August 1896
(38 minutes)
LocationZanzibar Toun, Zanzibar Sultanate
Result Breetish victory
Unitit Kinrick Unitit Kinrick Zanzibar
Commanders an leaders
Unitit Kinrick Harry Rawson
Lloyd Mathews
Khalid bin Bargash
Caiptain Saleh
3 cruisers
2 gunboats
4 artillery pieces
1 shore battery
HHS Glasgow, the ryal yacht
2 boats
Casualties an losses
1 woundit[1] 500 killt or woundit[2]
HHS Glasgow sunk
2 boats sunk
1 shore battery destroyed


  1. Hernon 2003, p. 403.
  2. Bennett 1978, p. 179.
  3. Editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday (2007), Guinness World Records 2008, London: Guinness World Records, p. 118, ISBN 978-1-904994-19-0CS1 maint: extra text: authors leet (link).