Not all wars are apocalyptic adventures that threaten the fate of humankind. How much do you know about these little-known wars?
The U.S.-backed rebels harassed Japanese occupiers until they finally left at the end of WWII.
One version says a Greek solider chased a dog across the border and was shot, starting a violent chain of events called "The War of the Stray Dog."
The illegal attack resulted in the USSR's expulsion from the League of Nations and Finland inflicted heavy casualties on the invaders … but lost chunks of its land, anyway.
Also called the Iroquois Wars, it featured the Iroquois expanding their territory against other tribes that were helped by the French.
The soccer match didn't help things but it was really economic problems that caused the short war, which killed thousands of people.
A supply line error gave birth to the weird name; no military casualties resulted but many people died as collateral damage from the confrontation.
Fighting broke out over territory as Moldova and Romania faced off with Russian-backed Transnistria, which we've never heard of, either.
It is the longest-running civil war in the world.
It was signed in 1878.
Some say the war started when Spaniards boarded a British ship and cut an ear off of the British captain.
Catholic alliances fought against the development of a central government and lost.
He bombarded pirate strongholds for safe passage of American ships.
The second one, in 1815, helped dramatically reduce pirate attacks in the North African region.
Oddly, there was no record of an end to the war, so in 1985 leaders met to make a ceremonial peace…more than 2,000 years later.
There were few casualties but for a year tensions mounted as Mormons feared persecution.
Bulgaria had disappeared under Ottoman rule five centuries earlier.
The Dominicans seized control of their country in 1844 after 22 years of Haitian control.
The nationalists were fighting against Portugal's harsh colonial rule.
In Angola alone more than 50,000 soldiers died; Portugal lost nearly 9,000 men during the 13-year war.
At the end, France ceded some of its Indochina territory to Thailand.
Only months earlier, the same country had helped Thailand secure one of its proudest victories, over the French.
The "war" lasted a full 98 years but no shots were fired, and France called the whole thing silly.
He sent the Tibetan army to seize territory from China.
The Tibetan forces suffered heavy casualties in the two-year conflict.
The public would have been distraught to learn that Allies were killing French forces (even those controlled by Nazis).
The Triple Alliance of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina killed as many as 1.2 million people in Paraguay; after six years it finally ended in 1870.
As if there wasn't enough war going around, they started yet another conflict.
And yet, more than 30,000 were killed in the conflict, which hastened Japan's defeat in WWII.
Cotton field workers had had enough of their mistreatment; in Portugal this one is called the Overseas War.
The country was nearly annihilated and required decades to recover from the conflict.