Name the War Quiz

Based on the combatants and the years, name the war (or series of wars).
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Last updated: August 27, 2018
First submittedMarch 16, 2010
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Belligerents
When
War
Allies vs. Central Powers
1914-1918
World War I
Allies vs. Axis
1939-1945
World War II
North vs. South
1861-1865
American Civil War
Lancaster vs. York
1455-1485
War of the Roses
Athens vs. Sparta
431-404 BC
Peloponnesian War
Troy vs. Greece
circa 1,200 BC
Trojan War
England vs. France
1337-1453
Hundred Years War
USA vs. British Empire
1812-1815
War of 1812
Argentina vs. United Kingdom
1982
Falklands War
Spain vs. USA
1898
Spanish American War
Russia vs. British, French and Ottomans
1853-1856
Crimean War
Rome vs. Carthage
264-146 BC
Punic Wars
US coalition vs. Iraq
1990-1991
Persian Gulf War
Israel vs. Many Arab Countries
1967
Six-Day War
Israel vs. Many Arab Countries
1973
Yom Kippur War
France vs. Most of Europe
1803-1815
Napoleonic Wars
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Level ∞
Apr 30, 2013
Updated and expanded.
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Level 51
Oct 9, 2018
I was in the gulf war but did not was not part of dessert storm.
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Level 45
Oct 10, 2018
Good quiz! I made a very similar one a while back, but exactly opposite. You are given the name of the war and have to name the countries involved. Here is the link if anyone is interested in trying it: https://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/133714/countries-by-war
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Level 72
May 23, 2013
Thank you Quizmaster for your generous spelling of Peloponnesian :-)
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Level 11
Jul 20, 2013
second
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Level 78
May 23, 2014
Third. Got 'em all except Punic.
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Level 67
May 20, 2019
Does it has something go do with punica, the drink? (Does that even still exist actually? Same with taxi.. you used to here all about it, but nothing nowadays)
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Level 49
Jan 14, 2015
I tried 7 times and failed and wasted time whatever
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Level 54
Apr 23, 2017
And yet no Peloponnese?
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Level 35
Mar 28, 2018
i got that too... it the same thing.... please adjust
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Level 65
Oct 9, 2018
Yeah, I don't even remember what spelling I used, but I know it wasn't that close and it was still accepted.
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Level 40
May 24, 2013
Good quiz. Most places the US vs Britain is known as the American War of Independence or Revolutionary War.
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Level 57
May 24, 2013
I think you have your dates wrong, the american war of independence started in 1775 finishing in 83, whereas the war of 1812 as the name suggests started in 1812, it was fought between both the US and Britain, but it was largely just a backdrop to the Napoleonic wars happening in Europe at the time.
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Level 49
May 24, 2013
Maybe the Europeans saw it as a backdrop. Here in America, it was a very big deal. There were hopes of conquering Canada, and there were fears of losing our independence. 200 years later, we still sing a song about it as our national anthem.
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Level 40
May 24, 2013
Oh yeah, my bad. Both were pretty minor wars in the grand scheme of things though.
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Level 80
May 27, 2013
I wouldn't call the Revolutionary War minor at all. It was the beginning of the end for the British Empire, and the beginning of the United States of America. Two superpowers that completely dominated the world through most of the past 300 years. The beginning of the transition of the core of Western civilization from the old world to the new. With 100,000 or so casualties on all sides, the scale of the war was massive next to many others that make this list. If you consider it a minor war then it's puzzling why you'd even bother taking a quiz on wars at all. There are probably only a handful you'd consider noteworthy.

On the other hand, the War of 1812 was, indeed, pretty trivial. Though it is an interesting footnote to history that a lot of people don't know about, and again, if you're taking a quiz on wars then it's not beneath mentioning or knowing about. Certainly as significant as the Falklands Wars, Yom Kippur War, Trojan War, etc.
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Level 88
May 29, 2013
@kalbahamut, I think Ozchris may have been referring to 1812 and the Napoleonic wars in his 'both'. Again, not sure if I agree with the classification, but...
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Level 40
Jun 22, 2013
No, I was referring to the War of Independence as a minor war. In terms of amount of people fighting - definitely. It certainly doesn't compare to the Napoleonic wars. I guess it's affect on history gives it greater weight.
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Level 42
Jun 11, 2014
The War of 1812 was not minor or trivial--the British burned Washington D.C. to the ground. I don't call that minor.
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Level 50
Aug 6, 2014
Well, Erikthev, that would depend on whether or not Obama was inside at the time...
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Level 36
Dec 18, 2014
.. Is there no such thing as respect for the leader of our country? He is a person, as we all are, and does have his flaws (Your political views notwithstanding)..
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Level 39
Sep 13, 2016
@kalbahamut, revolutionary war by no means beginning of an end for British empire. Nevertheless, the empire started its rising after this war, and was at its height until First World War.
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Level 80
Sep 30, 2016
I know, I know... you oversensitive little children can't take ANY comment that could possibly be construed to mean that the USA, symbol of all the reaons why your own countries are presently irrelevant, is in any way important. My fault for not being careful to not hurt your fragile egos. But I was not saying that the USA dominated the British Empire or began to eclipse its former master during the Revolution. That didn't happen until the 20th century. But it WAS the beginning of a series of events that led to the end of the Empire. And it was the first time a country gained independence from Britain. If you believe that losing the enormously lucrative colonies in North America that became the United States was not a significant blow, YOU are ignorant of history. Many historians even divide the British Empire into "first" and "second" empires, with the first ending at the American Revolution. The "second" empire remained strong through the World Wars after which point it collapsed.
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Level 70
Jun 5, 2017
So a war for independence that ended 101 years before the Berlin Conference was the beginning of the end of the British Empire. Interesting. I guess we could also say that Eve ate the apple and the rest was history.
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Level 80
Mar 28, 2018
Sure, you could say that, if you're the sort of person who is so staggeringly brilliant that you believe "beginning" and "end" are synonyms. And if you think that nothing that ever happens takes more than 30 seconds to unfold. I'm just flat out flabbergasted by how amazingly intelligent and sophisticated some of you people are. The depth of understanding in your comments leaves me speechless. Thank you, tshalla, for your ingenious perspective on this.
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Level 78
Oct 9, 2018
It was different, it was English people declaring independence from the mother country. By and large English public opinion has always been on the side of the American project. The empire continued to grow long after American independence. It was the world wars that broke the empire, and rightly so, dreadful way to carry on. We could no longer compete with American and Russian imperial ambitions, we were dead broke.
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Level 80
Oct 9, 2018
Again, "beginning of the end" does not mean "the end." The American colonies were a very significant part of the British Empire. Losing them was huge. And it was also the first time they had lost any colonies. Other losses would follow over the next 150 years, culminating in the end of an empire that had lasted for over 400.

If the American Empire falls, we might say that the beginning of the end was sometime in the 1980s when the country's democratic institutions started being auctioned off to corporations. But in all likelihood even if that happens the country will remain powerful and influential for at least another 50 + years. That doesn't mean you can't look back and figure out when events were set in motion that eventually led to a decline.
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Level 56
Aug 20, 2019
Before that war the English had already lost colonies to the Dutch and other countries, some were regained later others not.
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Level 80
Sep 18, 2019
I meant lost in the sense that they had declared independence, not just changed hands to another colonial power.
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Level 72
Oct 16, 2020
Please be sensitive, guys. A lot of Americans can't cope with being told that the US war of independence wasn't the biggest thing in the world for the British. It hurts their feelings.
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Level 80
Oct 16, 2020
Kahi: you're ridiculous.
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Level 80
May 24, 2013
haha. Before the comments were deleted with the last update, I recall one of the first comments made the same point/mistake. Anyway, yes, definitely two completely different wars.
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Level 32
May 25, 2013
Yuk it's six days and I typed seven
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Level 80
May 27, 2013
They had to call it off on the seventh day because it was Shabbat.
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Level 78
Oct 9, 2018
I tried seven days, then five days, then gave up. Duh.
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Level 72
Jul 11, 2013
Would you accept Desert Shield or Desert Storm for Persian Gulf war?
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Level 78
Aug 18, 2013
To say the War of 1812 was the USA vs British Empire is a bit of an exaggeration. At best there were few hundred British soldiers in Canada. A more accurate description would be USA vs Canadian militia and their Indian allies.
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Level 69
Nov 14, 2013
First, the Canadian militia were part of the British Empire, even though they did not wear the traditional red clothing. Second, Canada was not the only theater of the war. The most famous theater was the area of Washington/Baltimore, which had official Redcoats burn the White House. Thirdly, the Indians factored in only a small bit into the grand scheme of things. If you say that a few hundred soldiers can be ignored in Canada, then the Indians can also be set aside.
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Level 78
May 23, 2014
"In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Col. Jackson down the mighty Mississip'. We took a little bacon and we took a little beans, and we fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans..."
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Level 80
Sep 30, 2016
^ yeah that's not even close to being accurate.
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Level 55
Apr 26, 2014
A couple of little corrections: it should be the Spanish-American War (with the hyphen) and the Hundred Years' War (with the apostrophe). Nice quiz, though!
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Level 34
May 8, 2014
What about the Cold War? Or the Vietnam War? I had a great uncle who fought in the rice patties during the Vietnam War, and now he won't eat a single bit of rice. If their is one piece of rice on his plate, he will send the whole meal back and have them cook it again. And what about the Revolutionary War?
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Level 55
May 20, 2014
That's kind of like my husband's thing with the pork chop MREs. Except you're very unlikely to get an MRE in a restaurant.
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Level 50
Aug 6, 2014
Poor him... rice is amazing!
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Level 53
Apr 16, 2015
I tried 100 year war and it didn't take it. :/ Also, for the life of me could not remember how many days the Six Day War was. lol
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Level 37
Dec 29, 2015
I tried "Antisemitic War" for both of the wars against Israel and it didn't work. I don't understand why, it must have been the case?!
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Level 75
Feb 21, 2016
Possibly because Arabs are Semites too?
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Level 35
Mar 28, 2018
Good point.. nowadays semitic has wrongly been used to describe Jews, while the semitic racial group covers a much larger group of people than that. We need a new term for anti-Jew... any suggestions?
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Level 43
Apr 26, 2018
How about racism?
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Level 65
Mar 5, 2016
Couldn't remember how long the six-day war was, so I had to guess a bunch of numbers. Got 100%
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Level 47
Jul 26, 2016
It's in the name
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Level 67
May 20, 2019
But that is exactly the thing you have to guess..
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Level 47
Jul 26, 2016
Vietnam War? Korean War? even though this one isn't a war more tensions but the Cold Word?
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Level 19
Aug 26, 2017
I think it's mostly very old wars, those are more recent. The Cold War was not a war.
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Level 80
May 20, 2019
Gulf War more recent than any of those. The quiz is not intended to be comprehensive.
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Level 30
Aug 28, 2016
Great quiz but, where is the Korean War? or Vietnam? or US Revolution?
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Level 47
Nov 6, 2016
World War I should also have the Great War as an acceptable answer as the term World War I did not become its name until after the start of World War II. Until then it was commonly referred to as the Great War
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Level 37
Mar 17, 2017
I don't care how fine a point you want to put on it: Desert Shield became Desert Storm, Punto FINAL! - You all want to rename it the Gulf War now to suit whatever idiosyncracies you have developed, Just like to Great War suddenly became WWI, when WWII began.
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Level 54
May 18, 2017
Israel is amazingly good at still existing, seeing as practically every country in the Middle East hates them. Not only that but once they beat their opposition in six days!
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Level 79
Oct 10, 2017
Friends in high places (the ones that really exist, aka the western powers).
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Level 54
Dec 7, 2017
Who didn't help in that war. In fact, they probably physically couldn't have gotten weapons production going before it ended!
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Level 35
Mar 28, 2018
It's not just that. It's their brilliantly militaristic mindset, their determination for their own homeland, their superior armory, their highly effective, highly efficient, highly-trained army. And never forget, they are God's chosen people.
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Level 35
Apr 3, 2018
He's right you know.
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Level 80
Aug 18, 2019
had nothing to do with that.
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Level 56
May 26, 2017
How is the average only 8? I got 16 easily, and I'm more of a georaphy person than history.
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Level 24
Oct 10, 2017
Shoulda looked closer at the dates and I'd have got the hundred years war
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Level 53
Oct 10, 2017
Please accpet Troyan War for Trojan War
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Level 35
Mar 28, 2018
Noooo thats just wrong.
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Level 31
Oct 10, 2017
My site may be incorrect, but coming from wikipedia Date 22 May 1455 – 16 June 1487 "Lancaster vs. York 1455-1485 War of the Roses" made me think of the 30 years war, because the dates are off by 2 years, making it a 30-year gap. :3 Consider changing the date.
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Level 77
Jan 28, 2018
Firstly: what? Secondly: technically 1487 is right though: everyone always forgets the Battle of Stoke. (And I don't blame them tbh, it was a shambles.)
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Level 71
May 12, 2018
The Thirty Years war was almost 200 years later in Central Europe, between Catholics and Protestants (nominally)
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Level 66
Oct 9, 2018
This is also a super minor thing, and I may be mistaken, but because they're a series of wars I'm pretty sure they're commonly known as the "Wars of the Roses" over this time span (though I think it makes sense to accept "War of the Roses" still, or you could always change it to the Kathleen Turner movie!)
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Level 63
Mar 28, 2018
Some people know the War of the Roses as the Cousins War.
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Level 70
May 12, 2018
But not many.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2018
Please accept Great War as alternative for World War I. For 25 years, this is all it was know as and it is still often referred to as such, depending on context.
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Level 35
Apr 3, 2018
Seconded. It is called that in so many textbooks etc. Could accept October War for Yom Kippur War too.

Don't worry about calling it the War of Southron Independence though;)
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Level 49
Apr 26, 2018
NO!!! I put the 7 days war! :(
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Level 54
Jul 13, 2018
Would you accept War Between the States for American Civil War.
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Level 70
Sep 14, 2018
Why doesn't civil war work?
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Level 72
Oct 9, 2018
There have been countless civil wars in history...
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Level 60
Oct 9, 2018
In Vietnam, they call the Vietnam war the American war ;)
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Level 37
Oct 9, 2018
In French, the American Civil War is called the Secession War (Guerre de Sécession).
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Level 69
Oct 9, 2018
Many southerners call the American Civil War "The War Between the States."
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Level 54
Oct 11, 2018
Yes, please accept that.
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Level 31
Oct 9, 2018
I put english civil war which I think should be accepted
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Level 37
Oct 9, 2018
The war most remembered as the English Civil War is the war of 1642-1651 (Cromwell vs. the Royalists).
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Level 46
Oct 24, 2018
You should accept just Civil War.
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Level 55
Dec 17, 2019
Yes, that really jacked me up.
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Level 49
May 4, 2020
Uh ... there have been many civil wars in history, so just accepting "Civil War" would make no sense.
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Level 44
Aug 20, 2019
Where's the Boer War???
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Level 80
Mar 18, 2020
Too boering to mention.
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Level 57
Sep 18, 2019
We must add the Great Emu War.
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Level 36
Feb 1, 2020
One of the only wars that fascinates me is the Crimean War. No idea why... it just does.
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Level 29
Mar 23, 2020
Please accept the June War for the six days war - this is a common name for it
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Level 32
Mar 29, 2020
I thought the 6 day war was the 7 day war :/
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Level 49
May 4, 2020
I cannot believe only a quarter of the takers got the Yom Kippur War.
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Level 72
Oct 16, 2020
The 1990-1991 war should be the 'Second Gulf War'. That's what it was called at the time, because the term 'gulf war' has already been taken for the 8-year-long war between Iran and Iraq than ended only two years earlier.