In August 1896, following the death of Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini, Britain and Zanzibar fought a 38-minute war, the shortest in recorded history. A struggle for succession took place as the Sultan's cousin Khalid bin Barghash seized power.
The British instead wanted Hamoud bin Mohammed
to become Sultan, believing that he would be much easier to work with.
The British gave Khalid an hour to vacate the Sultan's palace in Stone
Town. Khalid failed to do so, and instead assembled an army of 2,800 men
to fight the British. The British launched an attack on the palace and
other locations around the city after which Khalid retreated and later
went into exile. Hamoud was then peacefully installed as Sultan but palace intrigues and numerous revolts would still take place in the world of In Her Majesty's Name . . .