Obscure Wars

Apr 2017
33
London
#1
I think a good one is the War of the Pacific in the 19th century between Chile and Peru-Bolivia. Thanks to Bolivia is landlocked and there is still massive resentment caused by the loss of Bolivia's Pacific coast to Chile.

Then there is the Great Northern War (1700-1721) which ended the Swedish Empire.

Another one is the War of the Triple Alliance fought between 1864 and 1870 with Paraguay against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Paraguay lost 70% of adult male population. There were around 400,000 deaths, making it the bloodiest conflict in South American history.
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
4,083
Portugal
#2
I think a good one is the War of the Pacific in the 19th century between Chile and Peru-Bolivia. Thanks to Bolivia is landlocked and there is still massive resentment caused by the loss of Bolivia's Pacific coast to Chile.

Then there is the Great Northern War (1700-1721) which ended the Swedish Empire.

Another one is the War of the Triple Alliance fought between 1864 and 1870 with Paraguay against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Paraguay lost 70% of adult male population. There were around 400,000 deaths, making it the bloodiest conflict in South American history.
Why do you call these wars "obscure"? They were also fought in the daylight.
 

MAGolding

Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
2,464
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
#3
The Indian wars in the USA are probably better known than they should be considering their small scale, but the Piute War or Snake War of 1864-1868 is little known despite being listed as the bloodiest of the Western Indian Wars.
 
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MAGolding

Ad Honorem
Aug 2015
2,464
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
#4
I think that if The War of Jenkin's Ear, as it is sometimes called in the UK, was better known, the writers of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine would have had a Ferenghi character mention the war the Ferenghi fought to avenged the cutting off of the ears of one of their relatives - "The War of Bronk's Ears" or something.
 
Nov 2010
6,999
Cornwall
#7
I think a good one is the War of the Pacific in the 19th century between Chile and Peru-Bolivia. Thanks to Bolivia is landlocked and there is still massive resentment caused by the loss of Bolivia's Pacific coast to Chile.

Then there is the Great Northern War (1700-1721) which ended the Swedish Empire.

Another one is the War of the Triple Alliance fought between 1864 and 1870 with Paraguay against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Paraguay lost 70% of adult male population. There were around 400,000 deaths, making it the bloodiest conflict in South American history.

Certainly the first and third have threads on here.
 
Feb 2016
3,957
Japan
#8
If you mean obscure as in not known by mostvBrotish people then yes the GNW is fairly obscure. But then so are most wars Britain didn't fight in as far as our countrymen are concerned. You can add to that any war we fought in that hasn't had a movie made about it in the last 40 years....
so Red River Expedition, The Fenian Crisis, the Canadian Rebellion, the Ghurka War, Pindari Wars, Carnatic Wars, Kaffir Wars, 2nd Zulu War,Anglo Sikh Wars, Satsuma And Kagoshima War, Xhosa Wars, Maori Wars, Malaya Emergency, Aden, Carlist Wars, Barbary Expeditions, Abyssinia, War of 1812, numerous Franco-Indian wars... are all probably obscure
 
Nov 2010
6,999
Cornwall
#9
If you mean obscure as in not known by mostvBrotish people then yes the GNW is fairly obscure. But then so are most wars Britain didn't fight in as far as our countrymen are concerned. You can add to that any war we fought in that hasn't had a movie made about it in the last 40 years....
so Red River Expedition, The Fenian Crisis, the Canadian Rebellion, the Ghurka War, Pindari Wars, Carnatic Wars, Kaffir Wars, 2nd Zulu War,Anglo Sikh Wars, Satsuma And Kagoshima War, Xhosa Wars, Maori Wars, Malaya Emergency, Aden, Carlist Wars, Barbary Expeditions, Abyssinia, War of 1812, numerous Franco-Indian wars... are all probably obscure
I quite recently read about the Carlist Wars, Zumalacarregui and all that.

Very nasty business, one of the roots of the Spanish Civil War (although originally rooted in absolutism).
 

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