War has always been devastating and never done good to the human race, still people do not realize this and waste their time and resources fighting each other. The world history has seen some long and gory wars and battles which have taken their toll on countries and its citizens. The popular belief is that the world wars have been the longest but in reality, there have been much longer and tougher wars.
Here is a list of top 10 longest wars in the history of the world
10. Vietnam War
The Vietnam War which was fought between North Vietnam and its communist supporters on one side and South Vietnam and its anti communist allies, was one of the longest in the world. It lasted for a period of 19 years, from 1955 to 1975 and USA played a key role in it. The war ended when Saigon, the South Vietnam’s capital was taken over by the North.
9. Great Northern War
The next name on the list of top 10 longest wars in the history of the world is that of the Great Northern War, which involved Sweden against Russia, Norway, Denmark and Saxony. Fought over the Baltic Islands, it lasted as long as 21 years, with Russia taking them over in the end.
8. First Punic War
Spanning over a period of 23 years from 264 BC to 241 BC, the First Punic War was another long one in the world history. It was fought between the Roman Republic and the Ancient Carthage of Northern Africa. The battle was carried out with the aim to establish supremacy over the Mediterranean seas and the Romans emerged victorious in it.
7. Peloponnesian War
Next on this list, lasting for a period of 27 years is the Peloponnesian War between the Sparta led alliance called the Peloponnesian League and Athens. The war began in 431 BC and ended in 404 BC, with the victory of the Peloponnesian League.
6. War of the Roses
The War of the Roses was a civil war, which was battled between the House of Lancaster and the House of York in England. Starting in 1455, it got its name because these two houses bore a red rose and white rose on their flags respectively. It lasted a period of 30 years and continued over generations, ending in 1485, ending with a marriage between the two houses.