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Countries the United Kingdom Declared War On

The UK or Great Britain have declared war 22 times on 14 unique countries. What were the countries?
Source. Some countries no longer exist
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Last updated: November 13, 2016
First submittedSeptember 5, 2016
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Year
War
Country
1718
War of the Quadruple Alliance
Spain
1739
War of Jenkins' Ear
Spain
1744
War of the Austrian Succession
France
1756
Seven Years' War
France
1762
Seven Years' War
Spain
1778
American Revolutionary War
France
1779
American Revolutionary War
Spain
1780
Fourth Anglo-Dutch War
Dutch Republic
1803
Napoleonic Wars
France
1854
Crimean War
Russia
1914
WWI
Austria-Hungary
Year
War
Country
1914
WWI
Germany
1914
WWI
Ottoman Empire
1915
WWI
Bulgaria
1939
WWII
Germany
1940
WWII
Italy
1941
WWII
Finland
1941
WWII
Hungary
1941
WWII
Japan
1941
WWII
Romania
1941
WWII
Bulgaria
1942
WWII
Thailand
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level 58
Sep 5, 2016
Great quiz! One thing: Does the War of 1812 not count? Technically the British declared war on the United States.
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level 60
Sep 5, 2016
Not formally, then, or vice versa, because our source doesn't state it :)
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level 75
Sep 5, 2016
Vice versa -- the US declared war on the UK. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_declaration_of_war_upon_the_United_Kingdom
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level 62
Nov 13, 2016
The source does say it's incomplete.
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level 30
Jun 22, 2018
Um what about USA? it says American revolutionary war but it doesn't do USA. is that before the USA was a formal country?
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level 67
Nov 16, 2018
Yes.
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level 77
Aug 31, 2019
No. The United States declared independence and was a real sovereign country. However the British Empire did not recognize that independence so there was no country for them to declare war on. From their perspective they were putting down a rebellion in their own colony.
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level 72
Nov 13, 2016
The UK declared war on Argentina (the Falklands War) in 1982.
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level 60
Nov 13, 2016
From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_War
Neither state, however, officially declared war (both sides did declare the Islands areas a war zone and officially recognised that a state of war existed between them) and hostilities were almost exclusively limited to the territories under dispute and the area of the South Atlantic where they lie.
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level 72
Nov 13, 2016
It looks like "declaring" war has gone out of fashion since 1942, then. The UK has been a willing belligerent in many wars since then - and not just the Falklands. Vietnam, Gulf Wars, Korea, Malaya, the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya, Cyprus, Suez etc etc
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level 60
Nov 13, 2016
Yes - and our title reads "declare"
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level 68
Dec 30, 2016
So there are rules? Just showing up with naval vessels, aircraft, and an invasion force doesn't count?
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level 67
Dec 30, 2016
Uk not in Vietnam War: .......... Countries involved in VIETNAM WAR:= United States, South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Thailand, Khmer Republic (later overthrown by Khmer Rouge), Kingdom of Laos and Republic of China (Taiwan).
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level 67
Dec 30, 2016
Agreed, Jerry, declaring war has gone out of fashion. I guess though that the UK also thought it unnecessary to declare war back in the mid-19th century, when it reserved the right to be the biggest drug dealer in world history, twice fighting "Opium Wars" against the Chinese to protect their market against Chinese government restrictions.
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level 60
Jan 23, 2018
I was also thinking the Qing dynasty in the Opium Wars. But those actually weren't really wars now that I did some more research.
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level 57
Jun 8, 2019
In the Mau Mau uprisings in Kenya, the Communist Insurgency in Malaya and war against guerrillas in Cyprus, the British were not fighting against a whole country.
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level 70
Nov 13, 2016
They're not war in the most narrow sense, but what about the Cod Wars against Iceland? Would be a nice contrast in the quiz!
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level 55
Nov 13, 2016
I was just in Reykjavik and they make a big deal out of the cod wars, however it was really just like an early version of those greenpeace boats ramming japanese whaling ships
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level 62
Nov 13, 2016
Anglo-Zanzibar War?
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level 86
Dec 30, 2016
true even though it was half an hour long, Britain still declared war on Zanzibar
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level 60
Nov 13, 2016
See this Wikipedia page which addresses all the wars you guys listed above :)
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level 64
Nov 27, 2016
Yes, UK was the most aggressive nation in history. Anyway, we should accept that the number of declaration of wars does not correlate with the number of aggressive wars. E.g. since WW1 Germany did exactly once declared war (on US) while half the world declared war on Germany.
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level 60
Nov 27, 2016
Yes, this is a very good point to be made
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level 65
Jan 24, 2018
I think France, Spain and Turkey, to name but three, must be up there as well
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level 45
Jul 20, 2018
It must be said that France, USA, Spain, Portugal, Germany, etc. have also been very aggressive in the past. As I have said before I don't think any nation is blameless.
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level 35
Dec 30, 2016
I am a dumb ass I thought of the Ottoman Empire but did not enter it and I must have misspelled Bulgaria.
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level 48
Dec 30, 2016
Good quiz. I would ask but I'm not sure if other countries have declared war enough to make others.
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level 47
Dec 30, 2016
Struggled with countries in both world wars.
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level 40
Dec 30, 2016
I guess they didn't formally declare war during the American Revolution?
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level 77
Dec 30, 2016
There was no country to declare war on as far as they were concerned. Just a territory with some upset people.
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level 58
Dec 30, 2016
The American Revolution was my first thought, but when I went to type in a country's name, I realized there really wasn't one to put...it wasn't the United States yet, and "The 13 Colonies" or "The Colonies" doesn't count as an actual country. I guess technically being England's colonies, they were declaring war against themselves...ish, but that isn't correct either.
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level 51
Dec 30, 2016
Lol, so this is where the US got its whole "don't bother with formally declaring war" ideas from. Is this even 10% of the armed conflicts UK has been in?
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level 60
Dec 30, 2016
Not even 10%
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level 76
Dec 30, 2016
There is a difference between "total war" and limited military operations or "police actions". Most of the wars since WWII have been limited operations.
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level 77
Dec 30, 2016
Picked up Hungary with 4 seconds to spare.
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level 46
Dec 30, 2016
UK has had many more wars without declaring war. On the other hand they never actually fought against Finland, but they declared war on us 1941. That was very nice thing to do at the time when Soviet Union tried to occupy Finland... We did not get much help from anyone. Thank God Germany helped. Sometimes what happens is that only man who helps you is the most evil man on the planet. Mostly Finns had to fight alone against mighty USSR. And the result: there was only three capitals in Europe (countries involved in war) that nobody was able to occupy: Moscow, London and Helsinki.
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level 70
Aug 3, 2017
Britain supplied Finland during the Winter War, and had got to the final stages of preparing an expeditionary force when Finland sued for peace. Probably a good job for the rest of the world that it didn't happen.
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level 24
Dec 30, 2016
Add siam as a valid answer together with Thailand as it was called Siam back then.
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level 62
Dec 30, 2016
Nope, according to the Thailand wiki page Siam had been changed to Thailand in 1939.
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level 67
Dec 30, 2016
It seems to me that many countries have been involved in wars during the last few hundred years. E.G....... google 'Wars involving USA'....... and read the long long list.
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level 69
Dec 31, 2016
I didn't even know Thailand was involved in WW2
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level 79
Jul 12, 2018
Me neither.

Wiki: "Thailand in World War II officially adopted a position of neutrality until it was invaded by Japan in December 1941. At the start of the Pacific War, the Japanese Empire pressured the Thai government to allow the passage of Japanese troops to invade British-held Malaya and Burma. The Thai government under Plaek Phibunsongkhram (known simply as Phibun) considered it preferable to co-operate with the Japanese rather than fight them. Axis-aligned Thailand declared war on the United States and Britain and annexed territories in neighbouring countries, expanding to the north, south, and east, gaining a border with China near Kengtung."
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level 53
Jan 2, 2017
What about the Anglo-Boer war? Great Britain did declare war on the two boer republics (Orange Free State and the South African Republic) in South Africa.
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level 56
Jan 16, 2017
the war on Denmark in 1807 ?
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level 24
Apr 3, 2017
What about the war of Spanish Succession?
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level 48
Jul 3, 2017
According to the Wikipedia page for the Bhutan War it states the Britain declared war on Bhutan
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level 70
Jul 4, 2017
What about the war agaisnt Argentina to keep control of the Falklands? Doesn't it count?
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level 71
Jun 2, 2019
At the time, it was very deliberately called a 'conflict', since war had not been declared. In the same way, the Korean war was a 'police action' (or so they say on 'M*A*S*H', so it must be true).
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level 42
Jul 27, 2017
War against Ireland doesn't count?
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level 70
Aug 3, 2017
If there had been one, it would.
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level 49
Jul 27, 2017
The sun never sets on the British Empire!
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level 57
Mar 9, 2019
Yes, technically it still does not. British territories today are scattered on all continents all around the world, so that the Sun is always shining on at least one of these territories. Look it up!
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level 13
Nov 1, 2017
UK declared or USSR at Winter War and they supported Finland.
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level 66
Jun 22, 2018
Your source says that the list is incomplete.
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level 53
Oct 22, 2018
Siam for Thailand?
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level 57
Mar 9, 2019
YES, I typed 'Siam' and it wasn't accepted! Could you please accept Siam, although it changed its name to Thailand in 1939?
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level 32
Mar 9, 2019
Argentina 1982
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level 57
Jun 8, 2019
War not declared
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level 46
Mar 9, 2019
Got them all with 2:01 remaining at 10:50:37 AM on March 9, 2019, raising my point total back up to 997. Hungary was the last one I guessed.
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level 66
Jun 8, 2019
I'm sure there's a reason why it doesn't count, but what about china haven't the British fought them a few times times? like when they took control of hong kong for 99 years
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level 63
Jun 10, 2019
The British did declare war against the United States in 1812, it was in all the papers at the time, first war that the US didn't win.
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level 27
Aug 24, 2019
Why did they declare war on finland?
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level 48
Aug 31, 2019
Because Finland were fighting with the Germans against the USSR which the UK was allied too.
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level 56
Aug 31, 2019
I'd have to say that the 1% who didn't guess Germany are not the most notable history buffs.