List of wars involving the United Kingdom

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This is a list of wars involving the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1922 to the present day, those involving the Kingdom of Great Britain from 1707–1801 and those involving the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1801–1922.

During its history, British forces or forces with a British mandate have invaded, had some control over or fought conflicts in 171 of the world's 193 countries that are currently UN member states, or nine out of ten of all countries (or 89% of UN Nations).[1]

      British victory
      British defeat
      Another result (e.g. a treaty or peace without a clear result, status quo ante bellum, result of civil or internal conflict, result unknown or indecisive)
      Ongoing conflict

Kingdom of Great Britain (1707–1801)[edit]

Conflict British Allies Belligerents Opposing Britain Outcome
The Great Northern War
(1700–1721)
Russia Tsardom of Russia
Flag of the Cossack Hetmanat.svg Cossack Hetmanate
Denmark Denmark–Norway
 Electorate of Saxony
Poland–Lithuania
 Prussia
Province of Hanover Hanover
Sweden Swedish Empire
 Ottoman Empire
 United Provinces

Coat of Arms of Brunswick-Lüneburg.svg Brunswick-Lüneburg

Coalition victory:
The War of the Spanish Succession
(1701–1714)

including

Holy Roman Empire Austria
 Dutch Republic
 Savoy
 Prussia
Portugal Portugal
 France
 Spain
Bavaria Bavaria

Hungarians

Grand Alliance Victory:
  • Treaty of Utrecht:
  • Territory in Canada and the West Indies ceded from France
  • Territory in Europe ceded from Spain
Civil War:
(1715–1716) Jacobite rising of 1715

including

Government forces Jacobites

 France

Victory

Jacobite restoration attempt defeated

The War of the Quadruple Alliance

including

 Holy Roman Empire
 France
 Dutch Republic
 Savoy
 Spain

Jacobites (against the British Crown and Government only)

Quadruple Alliance Victory:
  • Jacobite restoration attempt defeated
  • Treaty of The Hague:
  • Spanish attempt at expansion fails.
Dummer's War
(1721–1725)
"The Pine Tree flag of New England" New England Colonies
Mohawk
 France
Wabanaki Confederacy
Victory
  • Britain recognises the rights of the region's indigenous inhabitants.
The War of the Austrian Succession
(1740–1748)

including

Holy Roman Empire Austria
Province of Hanover Hanover
 Dutch Republic
 Saxony
 Sardinia
 Russia

East India Company

 France
 Prussia

Spain Spain

Bavaria Bavaria
 Saxony
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Naples and Sicily
 Genoa
Sweden Sweden

Kingdom of France French East India Company

Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle:
Civil War:

Jacobite rising of 1745
(1741–1745)

Government forces
Jacobites

 France

Victory

Jacobite restoration attempt defeated

The Second Carnatic War
(1749–1754)
East India Company
  Forces of Nasir Jang Mir Ahmad

  Forces of Mohamed Ali Khan Walajan

Kingdom of France French East India Company
  Forces of Chanda Shahib

  Forces of Muhyi ad-Din Muzaffar Jang Hidayat

Victory

Treaty of Pondicherry:

Seven Years' War
(1756–1763)
 Prussia
Province of Hanover Hanover
Iroquois
Portugal and her colonies
Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Hesse Hesse-Kassel

Schaumburg-Lippe

 France  Holy Roman Empire
 Russian Empire
 Sweden

Spain Spain

 Saxony
 Sardinia

Mughal Empire

Victory

Treaty of Paris:

  • Extensive North American lands (incl. all of Canada) ceded from France
  • Caribbean colonies ceded from France
  • Senagal River colony (excluding Gorée) ceded from France
  • Florida ceded from Spain
The Third Carnatic War
(1757–1763)
East India Company  France

Kingdom of France French East India Company

Victory

Treaty of Paris:

  • French trading posts in India administered by British
  • Sumatra ceded from France
Anglo-Cherokee War
(1758–1761)
 United Kingdom Cherokee Victory

Pro-British Attakullakulla becomes Cherokee leader

Tacky's War
(1760)
 Great Britain
Jamaica Jamaican Government
Jamaica Jamaican Maroons
Ashanti Slaves Victory
  • Slave defeat
  • Death of Tacky
  • Tacky's men committed suicide
Pontiac's Rebellion
(1763–1766)
Confederation of First Nation Tribes Stalemate
  • British policy change
  • British suzerainty over First Nation Tribes
  • Niagara Falls area ceded from Seneca Nation
First Anglo-Mysore War
(1766–1769)
East India Company
 Maratha Empire

Hyderabad State

Kingdom of Mysore British defeat, Hyderabad cedes territory to Mysore
First Anglo-Maratha War
(1774–1783)
East India Company  Maratha Empire Treaty of Salbai:
  • Salsette Island ceded from Maratha Empire
  • Territory west of Jumna River ceded to Maratha Empire
  • Maratha support for Britain against Mysore
American Revolutionary War
American War of Independence
(1775–1783)

including:

Iroquois
Cherokee
Hanover
Loyalists
 United States
 France
Spain Spain
 Dutch Republic
Vermont Republic
Kingdom of Mysore
Oneida tribe
Tuscarora tribe
Watauga Association

Catawba tribe

Treaty of Paris:
  • 13 North American colonies recognised as the independent United States of America
  • Territory in North America ceded to the newly independent United States of America
  • Senegal River colony returned to France
  • French recognises British suzerainty over the Gambia river
  • Territory in India returned to France
  • Minorca ceded to Spain
  • East & West Florida ceded to Spain
    • All British settlers to be expelled from Florida
  • De-militarisation of British Honduras
  • Territory in India ceded by the Dutch
2nd Anglo-Mysore War
1780–1784)
East India Company
 Maratha Empire

Hyderabad State

Kingdom of Mysore Treaty of Mangalore:
Northwest Indian War
(1785–1795)
Western Confederacy United States United States Treaty of Greenville
3rd Anglo-Mysore War
(1789–1792)
East India Company
 Maratha Empire
Hyderabad State

Travancore

Kingdom of Mysore
 France
Victory

Treaty of Seringapatnam:

  • Half of Mysore territory ceded to East India Company
Haitian Revolution
(1791–1804)
Saint-Domingue ex-slaves
 Great Britain (until 1800)
United Kingdom (1801–1804)
Spain Spain(1793–1795)
French royalists
Saint-Domingue slave owners
France Kingdom of France (until 1792)
France French Republic (from 1792)
Polish Legions
Victory
  • Expulsion of the French colonial government.
  • Establishment of the independent Empire of Haiti.
The War of the First Coalition
(1793–1797)
Holy Roman Empire Austria
 Prussia
Kingdom of France French Royalists
Spain Spain
Kingdom of Portugal
 Kingdom of Sardinia
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Naples and Sicily
Italian states
 Ottoman Empire

 Dutch Republic

France French Republic
Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic) French satellite states

Poland Polish Legions

Defeat

Treaty of Campo Formio

War in the Vendée
(1793–1796)
Kingdom of France French Royalists France French Republic British-backed rebellion defeated
Second Maroon War
(1795–1796)
 Great Britain
Jamaica Jamaican Government
Jamaica Jamaican Maroons Victory
  • Maroon defeat
  • Treaty signed established that the Maroons would beg on their knees for the King's forgiveness, return all runaway slaves, and be relocated elsewhere in Jamaica
  • Breach of treaty caused deportation of several Maroons to Nova Scotia and later to Sierra Leone in Africa
Hawkesbury and Nepean Wars
(1795–1816)
United Kingdom Loyalists
Burrberongal Tribe
Dharug
Eora
Tharawal
Gandangara
Irish-convict sympathisers
Victory

Displacement of Aborigines from their land

Kandyan Wars
(1796–1818)
 United Kingdom King of Kandy.svg Kingdom of Kandy Victory
  • End of 2357 years of Sinhalese independence
Irish Rebellion of 1798
(1798)
Kingdom of Ireland Kingdom of Ireland United Irishmen
Defenders
France French Republic
Victory Rebellion defeated

1801 Act of Union

4th Anglo-Mysore War
(1798–1799)
East India Company
 Maratha Empire

Hyderabad State

Kingdom of Mysore

France French Republic

Victory

Complete annexation of Mysore by Britain and allies

War of the Second Coalition
(1799–1802)
Holy Roman Empire Austria
 Russia
Kingdom of France French Royalists
Portugal
 Two Sicilies

 Ottoman Empire

France French Republic
 Spain
Poland Polish Legions
Denmark Denmark–Norway

French client republics:

Defeat

Treaty of Amiens:

  • General French victory
  • Britain recognises the French Republic
  • Cape Colony returned to the French client Batavian Republic
  • British withdrawal from Egypt
  • French withdrawal from the Papal States
  • Trinidad and Tobago ceded from France
  • Ceylon ceded from the Batavian Republic

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1801–1922)[edit]

Conflict Opposed Powers Side 1 (Britain) Opposed Powers Side 2 Outcome
Temne War
(1801–1807)
Susu tribes Kingdom of Koya Victory

Northern shore of Sierra Leone ceded by Koya

Second Anglo-Maratha War
(1802–1805)
East India Company  Maratha Empire Victory

Extensive territory in India ceded by the Maratha Empire

First Kandyan War
(1803–1805)
Kandy Victory

Territory captured from Kandy

Civil War: Forces of Robert Emmet Victory

Rebellion defeated

British Expedition to Ceylon
(1803)
 Dutch Republic
 British Empire
Chiefdom of Vanni
 Kingdom of Kandy
Victory
  • Vanni region lost to the British
  • The last Tamil resistance against colonial rule was crushed.
War of the Third Coalition
(1803–1805)
 Austrian Empire
 Russian Empire
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Naples and Sicily
Portugal

 Sweden

France French Empire
Netherlands Batavia
Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic) Italy
Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic) Etruria
 Spain
Bavaria Bavaria

Kingdom of Württemberg Württemberg

Fourth Peace of Preßburg:
War of the Fourth Coalition
(1806–1807)
 Prussia
 Russia
 Saxony
 Sweden

Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Sicily

France French Empire

Confederation of the Rhine

Polish Legions
Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic) Italy
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Naples
Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic) Etruria
Netherlands Holland
Switzerland Swiss Confederation

 Spain

Treaties of Tilsit:
  • French victory
  • Half of Prussia ceded to French allies
  • Russia exits the war
  • Anglo-Russian War begins
British invasions of the Río de la Plata
(1806–1807)
 Spain Invasion defeated
Ashanti-Fante War
(1806–1807)
 Ashanti Empire Fante Confederacy

Netherlands Dutch Empire

Anglo-Turkish War
(1807–1809)
 Ottoman Empire Treaty of the Dardanelles:
  • British Strategic victory
  • Turkish Military victory
  • Commercial and legal concessions to British interests within the Ottoman Empire
  • Promise to protect the empire against French encroachment
Gunboat War
(1807–1814)
 United Kingdom Denmark Denmark-Norway Victory

Treaty of Kiel:

  • Denmark and Norway split up
  • Heligoland ceded from Denmark
English Wars (Scandinavia)
(1807–1814)
 United Kingdom
 Sweden
Denmark Denmark-Norway
Flag of France.svg French Empire

Flag of Spain (1785-1873 and 1875-1931).svg Spain

Victory

Treaty of Kiel

Anglo-Russian War
(1807–1812)
 United Kingdom  Russian Empire Treaty of Örebro:
  • Anglo-Russian-Swedish pact against France
Peninsular War
(1807–1814)
 Spain

Portugal

France French Empire Victory

Treaty of Paris:

  • Bourbon dynasty restored
  • Tobago, St. Lucia, Mautitius ceded from France
  • All other French possessions restored as per 1792 borders
  • Abolition of French Slave Trade
  • Swiss independence
War of the Fifth Coalition
(1809)
 Austrian Empire
Tyrol
Hungary
Kingdom of Prussia Black Brunswickers
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies Sicily

 Sardinia

France French Empire
Flag of the Duchy of Warsaw.svg Warsaw

Confederation of the Rhine

Kingdom of Italy (Napoleonic) Kingdom of Italy
Naples
SwitzerlandSwiss Confederation

Netherlands Holland

Treaty of Schönbrunn:
  • Complete Austrian surrender
  • Peninsular War continued
Conquest of French Guiana
(1809)
Portugal Portugal
Flag Princes of Brazil.svg Colonial Brazil
 United Kingdom
France France Victory
Merina Conquest of Madagascar
(1810–1817)
Merina Kingdom France French Empire Victory

Merina control of Madagascar Merina pro-British policies

4th Xhosa War
(1811–1812)
Xhosa tribes Victory

Xhosa tribes pushed beyond the Fish River, reversing their gains in the previous Xhosa wars

Ga-Fante War
(1811)
 Ashanti Empire
Ga tribes

Netherlands Dutch Empire

Fante Confederacy
Akwapim tribes

Akim tribes

Tantamkweri ceded to Akwapim tribes
War of 1812
(1812–1815)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Great Britain
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland British North America
United States United States Stalemate

Treaty of Ghent:

Second Kandyan War
(1815)
Kandy Victory

Kandyan Convention:

  • Dissolution of the Kandy royal line
  • British King declared King of Kandy
Hundred Days
(1815)

War of the Seventh Coalition

 Prussia
France France
Hanover
German Confederation
 Austria
 Russia
 Sweden
 Netherlands
 Spain
Portugal
 Sardinia
 Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

Tuscany

France French Empire

Naples

Victory

Treaty of Paris:

  • General French defeat
  • Restoration of the House of Bourbon
  • Abolition of the slave trade (all signatories)
  • ₣100,000,000 compensation from France
Third Anglo-Maratha War
(1817–1818)
East India Company  Maratha Empire Victory

Virtually all territory south of the Sutlej River controlled by Britain

5th Xhosa War
(1818–1819)
Khoikhoi Forces Forces of Xhosa Chief Maqana Nxele Victory

Xhosa pushed beyond Keiskama River

Greek War of Independence
(1820–1830)
Greece Greek revolutionaries

Ionian Islands

 Ottoman Empire

Egypt Egypt

Victory

Establishment of the Kingdom of Greece

First Ashanti War
(1823–1831)
 Ashanti Empire British retreat to Sierra Leone
First Anglo-Burmese War
(1824–1826)
East India Company

Native tribes

Flag of the Alaungpaya Dynasty of Myanmar.svg Kingdom of Burma Victory

Treaty of Yandabo:

  • Assam, Manipur, Rakhine, and Taninthayi coast south of Salween river ceded from Burmah
  • £1,000,000 compensation from Burma
Revolt of the Mercenaries
(1828)
Empire of Brazil Brazil
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Flag of France.svg France
Germany German Mercenaries
Republic of Ireland Irish Mercenaries
Victory
  • Mutiny suppressed
Portuguese Civil War
(1828–1834)
Liberal Forces of Queen Maria II

Spain Spain

Absolutist Forces of King Miguel Victory

Concession of Evoramonte:

  • Defeat and exile of King Miguel
Baptist War
(1831–1832)
 United Kingdom
Jamaica Jamaican Government
Rebel Slaves Victory
  • Slave defeat
  • Rebellion suppressed
First Carlist War
(1833–1840)
Spain Forces of Queen Isabella II
France French Kingdom

Portugal Forces of Queen Maria II

Carlists: Victory

British mediated Convention of Vergara

The 6th Xhosa War
(1834–1836)
United Kingdom Free Khoikhoi Xhosa tribes Victory

Extensive territorial gains from Xhosa

Rebellions of 1837
(1837–1838)
United Kingdom Great Britain
United Kingdom Province of Upper Canada

United Kingdom Province of Lower Canada

Supported by:
United States United States

Flag of the Patriote movement (Lower Canada).svg Patriotes
Hunters' Lodges
Reform Movement
Victory
First Anglo-Afghan War
(1839–1842)
East India Company Emirate of Afghanistan British retreat from Afghanistan
First Opium War
(1839–1842)
 Manchu-China Victory

Treaty of Nanking:

  • Five Chinese ports open to foreign trade
  • $21,000,000 compensation from the Qing Empire
  • Hong Kong Island ceded from the Qing Empire
Second Egyptian-Ottoman War
(1839–1841)
Flag of the Ottoman Empire.svg Ottoman Empire
 British Empire
Flag of Egypt (1793-1844).svg Egypt Eyalet
France Kingdom of the French
Spain Spain
Victory
  • Egypt renounced its claim to Syria.
1839–1851

Uruguayan Civil War

Colorados
Argentina Argentine Unitarians
France French Kingdom
Riograndense Republic
 Brazil

Italian Legion

Blancos

 Argentine Confederation

British and French withdrawal before war's conclusion
Peace treaty with the Argentine Confederation[2][3]

Eventual Colorados victory

First Anglo-Sikh War
(1845–1846)
East India Company
Patiala flag.svg Patiala State
Nishan Sahib.svg Sikh Empire Victory

Treaty of Lahore:

  • Extensive territory ceded from the Sikh Empire
  • Partial control over Sikh foreign affairs
Flagstaff War
(1845–1846)
Forces of Tāmati Wāka Nene Ngāpuhi Iwi Stalemate
Hutt Valley Campaign
(1846)
Te Āti Awa Iwi Ngāti Toa Iwi Victory

Ngāti Toa Iwi retreat

The 7th Xhosa War
(1846–1847)

The War of the Axe

Xhosa tribes Victory

Territory ceded from Xhosa

Wanganui Campaign
(1847)
Māori Kupapa Māori Iwis Stalemate

12 year peace and trade

Second Anglo-Sikh War
(1848–1849)
East India Company Nishan Sahib.svg Sikh Empire Victory

Complete annexation of the Punjab by the East India Company

The 8th Xhosa War
(1850–1853)

Mlanjeni's War

Xhosa tribes
Khoikhoi tribes

United Kingdom Native Kafir Police

Victory

Xhosa-Khoi attacks defeated Status quo ante bellum

Taiping Rebellion
(1850–1864)
 Qing dynasty
 France
 United Kingdom
Taiping Heavenly Kingdom Victory
Second Anglo-Burmese War
(1852–1853)
Flag of the Alaungpaya Dynasty of Myanmar.svg Kingdom of Burma Victory

Burmese revolution ended fighting Lower Burma annexed

Crimean War
(1853–1856)
France French Empire
 Ottoman Empire

 Kingdom of Sardinia

 Russian Empire

Bulgaria Bulgarian Legion

Victory

Treaty of Paris

The National War in Nicaragua
(1856–1857)
 Costa Rica
 Honduras
Nicaragua Rebel Forces of Patricio Rivas
The Mosquito Coast
 Guatemala
 El Salvador

 United States

Sonora

 Nicaragua

Victory

Sonora/Nicaraguan government defeat.
Slavery outlawed.
William Walker's army is defeated and he is arrested by the U.S. Navy.

Second Opium War
(1856–1860)

Arrow War

France French Empire

 United States

 Manchu-China Victory

The Treaty of Tientsin:

  • Kowloon ceded from the Qing Empire
  • Peking opened to foreign trade
  • 11 more Chinese ports opened to foreign trade
  • Yangtze River opened to foreign warships
  • 4,000,000 taels of silver compensation
  • China banned from referring to subjects of the crown as barbarians
Anglo-Persian War
(1856–1857)
Afghanistan

East India Company

Persia

Herat

Victory

Persian withdrawal from Herat

Indian Mutiny
(1857–1858)
East India Company
Pre 1962 Flag of Nepal.png Nepal
Jammu and Kashmir

Princely states:

Sepoys of the East India Company   Mughal Empire
अवध ध्वज.gif Awadh
Jhansi state flag.png Jhansi

7 Princely states

Victory

Act for the Better Government of India:

First Taranaki War
(1860–1861)

Second Māori War

Māori Iwis

Māori King Movement

Stalemate
Bombardment of Kagoshima
(1863)
 British Empire Maru juji.svg Satsuma Domain Victory
  • Tactical stalemate and mitigated British victory
Second Ashanti War
(1863–1864)
 Ashanti Empire Stalemate
Invasion of Waikato
(1863–1866)

Third Māori War

Māori Kupapa Māori King Movement Victory

Māori King Movement defeated, confined to King Country

Bhutan War
(1864–1865)
 India Bhutan Victory

Treaty of Sinchula:

  • Bhutan cedes Assam Duars and Bengal Duars to India
  • Bhutan cedes territory in Dewangiri to India
British Expedition to Abyssinia
(1867–1868)
 United Kingdom Ethiopian Pennants.svg Ethiopia Victory
Klang War
(1867–1874)

Selangor Civil War

Forces of Raja Abdullah of Klang

British Straits Settlements

Forces of Raja Mahadi Victory
Titokowaru's War
(1868–1869)

Part of the New Zealand land wars

Māori Kupapa Ngāti Ruanui Iwi Victory

Ngāti Ruanui Iwi withdrawal

1868 Expedition to Abyssinia
(1868)
 India  Abyssinia Victory

British hostages freed War of the Abyssinian Succession begins

Te Kooti's War

Part of the New Zealand land wars
(1868–1872)

Māori Kupapa Māori Iwis Victory

End of New Zealand land wars Territory ceded by Māori Iwis

Red River Rebellion
(1869–1869)
 Dominion of Canada

Métis Loyalists

Métis Forces of Louis Riel Victory

Defeat of rebellion Manitoba Act:

Third Ashanti War
(1873–1874)
 Ashanti Empire Victory

Treaty of Fomena:

  • 50,000 oz of gold compensation from Ashanti Empire
  • Ashanti withdrawal from coastal areas
  • Ashanti banned from practicing human sacrifice
The 9th Xhosa War
(1877–1879)
Mfengu Tribe Xhosa Gcaleka Tribe Victory

All Xhosa territory annexed to the Cape Colony

Second Anglo-Afghan War
(1878–1880)
 India Flag of Afghanistan (1880–1901).svg Afghanistan Victory

British control over Afghan foreign affairs

Anglo-Zulu War
(1879)
United Kingdom Natal Zulu Kingdom Victory

Zululand annexed to Natal

‘Urabi Revolt
(1879–1882)
United Kingdom
Khedivate of Egypt
Egyptian and Sudanese forces under Ahmed ‘Urabi Victory
  • ‘Urabi forces defeated and exiled
First Boer War
(1880–1881)
 South African Republic Defeat

Pretoria Convention:

  • South African Republic granted self-government
Mahdist War
(1884–1889)
 Egypt
 Italy

 Belgium

Mahdist Sudan Victory

Sudan ruled by Britain and Egypt

Third Anglo-Burmese War
(1885)
Flag of the Alaungpaya Dynasty of Myanmar.svg Kingdom of Burma Victory

Upper Burma annexed to British Raj

Sikkim Expedition
(1888)
 India TibetTibet Victory

Tibet recognizes British suzerainty over Sikkim

Anglo-Zanzibar War
(1896)
Zanzibar Victory

Pro-British Sultan installed

Boxer Rebellion
(1899–1901)
 Japan
 Russia
France France
 United States
 Germany
 Italy

 Austria-Hungary

Righteous Harmony Society

 Manchu-China

Victory

Boxer Protocol:

  • Anti-foreign societies banned in China
Second Boer War
(1899–1902)
 Orange Free State

 South African Republic
Foreign volunteers

Victory

Treaty of Vereeniging:

  • All Boers to surrender arms and swear allegiance to the Crown
  • Dutch language permitted in education
  • Promise to grant Boer republics self-government
  • £3,000,000 compensation "reconstruction aid" to Afrikaners
Anglo-Aro War
(1901–1902)
Flag of the Aro Confederacy.svg Aro Confederacy Victory

Aro Confederacy destroyed

British expedition to Tibet
1903–1904)
 India  Tibet Victory

Status quo ante bellum

World War I
(1914–1918)
 India
 Dominion of Canada
 Australia
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 Newfoundland
 Belgium
 France
 Greece
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 Italy
 Japan
United States United States
 Serbia
 Montenegro

Other Allies

 Austria-Hungary

 Germany

 Ottoman Empire

 Bulgaria

Victory

Treaty of Versailles:

  • German demobilisation

Treaties of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Trianon:

Russia pulls out in 1917

  • Russian Civil War
    • Creation of the Soviet Union

Creation of League of Nations:

Estonian War of Independence
(1918–1920)
 Estonia
 United Kingdom
 Finland
 Denmark
 Latvia
Russia White movement
Sweden Swedish volunteers
 Soviet Russia

Baltische Landeswehr

Victory
  • Independence of Estonia
  • Vidzeme gained by the Republic of Latvia
Latvian War of Independence
1918–1920)
 Latvia
 Estonia
Russia White Movement
 Poland
 Lithuania
 United Kingdom
 German Empire
West Russian Volunteer Army

 Russian SFSR
 Latvian SSR

Victory
  • Independence of Latvia
Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War
(1918–1920)
United Kingdom British Empire
France France
 United States
 Japan
 Greece
 Soviet Russia

 Far Eastern Republic

Defeat
  • Allied withdrawal from Russia
  • Bolshevik victory over White Army
  • Soviet Union new Russian Power
Turkish War of Independence
(1919–1923)
 Ottoman Empire
 Greece
France France
 Italy
Armenia Armenia
Turkey Turkish Nationalists
Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Soviet Russia
Soviet Georgia
Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic
British withdrawal before war's conclusion

Treaty of Lausanne

  • Turkish Nationalist victory
  • End of the Ottoman Empire
Third Anglo-Afghan War
(1919–1919)
 India  Afghanistan Partial victory, Full Afghan independence
Irish War of Independence
(1919–1920)
United Kingdom Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Republic of Ireland Irish Republic Anglo-Irish Treaty:
Somaliland campaign (1920)
(1920)
 British Somaliland

East Africa Protectorate British East Africa

Dervish State Victory

Demise of the Dervish State

Great Iraqi Revolution of 1920
(1920)
Iraqi rebels Victory
  • Revolt suppressed, greater autonomy given to Iraq

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1922–present)[edit]

Conflict Opposed Powers Side 1 (Britain) Opposed Powers Side 2 Outcome
Adwan Rebellion
(1923)
 United Kingdom
Jordan Emir Abdullah's forces
Jordan Hashemite allied tribesmen:
  • Sheykh Minwar al-Hadid
Jordan Sultan al-Adwan's forces Victory

Sultan al-Adwan's defeat and exile

Ikhwan Revolt
(1927–1930)
Flag of Kuwait (1915-1956).svg Kuwait
Nejd and Hejaz
RAF
Ikhwan Victory
  • Ikhwan attack on Kuwait repelled.
  • The remnants of the Ikhwan incorporated into regular Saudi units.
  • The Ikhwan leadership was either slain or imprisoned.
Great Arab Revolt in Palestine
(1936–1939)
Jewish Settlement Police
Jewish Supernumerary Police
Haganah
Special Night Squads
FOSH
Peulot Meyuhadot
Irgun
Peace Bands
Arab Higher Committee Victory

Revolt suppressed

British–Zionist conflict
(1938–1948)
 United Kingdom Haganah
Palmach
Irgun
Lehi.jpg Lehi
British withdrawal and creation of Israel
World War II
(1939–1945)
The Allies
Axis Powers
Victory

Nazi Germany formally surrenders 8 May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
On August 15, 1945, following the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan announces its surrender, ending World War II

British, French, American,and Soviet troops occupy Germany until 1955, Italy and Japan lose their colonies, Europe is divided into 'Soviet' and 'Western' spheres of interest.

Indonesian National Revolution
(1945–1949)
 United Kingdom
 Netherlands
 Japan (Until 1945)
 Indonesia
Netherlands recognises Indonesian Independence
Greek Civil War
(1944–1948)
Kingdom of Greece Kingdom of Greece
 United Kingdom

 United States

* D.S.E. (Δ.Σ.Ε.)
Albania Albania
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia

Bulgaria Bulgaria

Communist forcess defeated, many D.S.E. soldiers exiled in Eastern Europe. A Battalion of UK troops still in Greece till 1948
Operation Masterdom
(1945–1946)
 United Kingdom
 India
France France
Japan Japan
North Vietnam Viet Minh
Withdrawal

First Indochina War begins

Corfu Channel incident
(1946–1948)
 United Kingdom  People's Socialist Republic of Albania Victory
  • ICJ awards compensation to Britain, which is not settled till 1992. Britain, breaks off talks aimed at establishing diplomatic relations with Albania.
Malayan Emergency
(1948–1960)
 Malaya
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Southern Rhodesia
 Fiji
 Kenya
Flag of the Communist Party of Malaya.png Malayan Communist Party

Flag of the Malayan National Liberation Army.svg Malayan Races Liberation Army

Victory
  • Communist retreat from Malaya
  • Malayan independence
Korean War
(1950–1953)
 South Korea
 United States
 United Kingdom

 United Nations

 North Korea
 People's Republic of China

 Soviet Union

Ceasefire
  • Communist invasion of South Korea defeated
  • UN invasion of North Korea repulsed
1951 Anglo-Egyptian War[4]
(1951–1952)
 United Kingdom Egypt Egypt Victory
Mau Mau Uprising
(1952–1960)
 British East Africa

 United Kingdom

Kenya Mau Mau Victory Defeat of Mau Mau

Kenyan independence

Jebel Akhdar War
(1954–1959)
Sultanate of Muscat and Oman
 United Kingdom
Imamate of Oman Victory
Cypriot intercommunal violence
(1955–1960)
 United Kingdom
EOKA.jpg EOKA

Turkey TMT

Military victory
EOKA political victory
  • Cyprus became an independent republic in 1960 with Britain retaining control of two Sovereign Base Areas, at Akrotiri and Dhekelia.
Suez Crisis
(1956–1957)
 United Kingdom
France France

 Israel

Egypt Egypt Victory

Israeli occupation of Sinai
Anglo-French withdrawal

Border Campaign
(1956–1962)
 United Kingdom IrishRepublicanFlag.png Irish Republican Army Victory

IRA campaign fails

Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation
(1962–1966)
 Malaysia
 United Kingdom
 Australia

 New Zealand

 Indonesia Victory

Indonesia recognises Malaysian rule over former North Borneo

Dhofar Rebellion
(1962–1975)
 Oman
 United Kingdom
Iran Iran

 Jordan

Various insurgents Victory Insurgency defeated
Modernisation of Oman
Aden Emergency
(1963–1967)
Federation of South Arabia Federation of South Arabia
 United Kingdom
People's Democratic Republic of Yemen NLF
FLOSY
British withdrawal
People's Republic of South Yemen established
Nigerian Civil War
(1967–1970)
 Nigeria
 Egypt
 United Kingdom
 Biafra Victory
  • Biafra rejoins Nigeria
The Troubles
(1968–1998)
 United Kingdom
 Republic of Ireland
IrishRepublicanFlag.png Irish Republican paramilitaries (OIRA, PIRA, INLA etc.)

Flag of the Ulster Defence Association.svgLoyalist paramilitaries (UDA etc.)
Flag of the Ulster Defence Regiment.svg Ulster Defence Regiment

Good Friday Agreement:
  • Devolution in Northern Ireland
  • Power-sharing deal
  • Disarming of paramilitary groups
  • Demilitarisation
Falklands War
(1982)
 United Kingdom  Argentina Victory

The Falklands are retaken from Argentina

Multinational Force in Lebanon
(1982–1984)
 United Kingdom
 France
 United States
 Italy
Islamic Jihad Organization Victory

Multinational Force withdrawal
Lebanese Civil War continued until 1990 Britain provides smaller contribution than other 3 powers from Feb 1983, while the 3 others had intervened in Aug 1982, Britain, US, and Italy left in Feb 1984, with the French leaving by March 31, 1984.

Gulf War
(1991)
 Kuwait
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 France
 Egypt
 Syria

Other Allies

Iraq Victory

Kuwait regains its independence

Bosnian War
(1992–1996)
UNPROFOR,

 NATO

 Republika Srpska Victory

Dayton Accords

Operation Desert Fox
(1998)
 United States

 United Kingdom

 Iraq Ceasefire; objectives largely achieved
Kosovo War
(1998–1999)
 United States
 United Kingdom
 France
 Canada
 Denmark
 Germany
 Italy

UCK KLA.png Kosovo Liberation Army

 Yugoslavia Victory Kosovo occupied by Nato forces

Kosovo administered by UNMIK

Sierra Leone Civil War
(2000–2002)
 Sierra Leone

 United Kingdom

Sierra Leone Rebels

 Liberia

Victory

Rebels defeated

War in Afghanistan

Fourth Anglo-Afghan War[5]
(2001–2014)
 Afghanistan
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Canada
 Germany
 Italy
 France
 Denmark
 Poland
 Romania
 Turkey
 Australia
 Spain
ISAF-Logo.svg ISAF
Afghanistan Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Victory Fall of Taliban régime and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Osama bin Laden killed

Taliban insurgency

Iraq War
(2003–2009)
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein
 Australia
 Poland
 Denmark

 Iraqi Kurdistan

 Iraq under Saddam Hussein

Various insurgents

Victory Fall of Ba'athist rule in Iraq
Occupation of southern Iraq

British withdrawal in 2009, conflict ended in 2011

Libyan Civil War
(2011)
Many NATO NATO members acting under United Nations UN mandate, including:
 United States
 France
 Denmark
 Italy
 Canada
and
Libya Anti-Gaddafi forces
Arab League several Arab League states

Sweden Sweden

Libya Pro-Gaddafi forces Victory Fall of Gaddafi regime
Muammar Gaddafi killed

National Transitional Council take control

Military intervention against ISIL
(2014–present)
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Iraq
Syria Syrian Opposition
 Australia
 Belgium
 Canada
 Denmark
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Netherlands
 New Zealand
 Norway
 Portugal
 Spain
 Turkey
 Bahrain
 Jordan
 Morocco
 Qatar
 Saudi Arabia
 United Arab Emirates
 Egypt
 Libya
 Nigeria
 Cameroon
 Chad
 Niger
 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Boko Haram

al-Nusra Front
Khorasan


Ahrar ash-Sham

Ongoing
Operation Inherent Resolve is in play.

2014 Iraqi intervention against ISIL
Airstrikes on ISIL and al-Qaeda affiliates positions in Iraq and Syria
Multinational humanitarian effort
In mid 2014, the United States launched a rescue mission in Syria in attempt to rescue James Foley and other hostages being held by ISIL.
Arming and support for local ground forces
2 American journalists, 1 American humanitarian supporter, 1 American oil worker, 2 British humanitarian supporters, and 1 French tourist executed by ISIL.
American-led intervention in Syria
Spillover of the Syrian Civil War

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Laycock, S. (2012). All the Countries We've Ever Invaded – And the Few We Never Got Round To. The History Press. 
  2. ^ Rosa, José María (1974) [1970]. Historia Argentina [History of Argentina] (in Spanish) V. Buenos Aires: Editorial Oriente S.A. pp. 279–288. 
  3. ^ Abad de Santillán, Diego. Historia Argentina (in Spanish). Buenos Aires: TEA (Tipográfica Editora Argentina). p. 383. 
  4. ^ Egypt 1951 War with Britain, Globalsecurity.org
  5. ^ The Fourth Afghan War is lost The Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2009