List of invasions

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This is a list of invasions ordered by date. An invasion is a military offensive in which sizable number of combatants of one geopolitical entity aggressively enter territory controlled by another such entity, generally with the objectives of establishing or re-establishing control, retaliation for real or perceived actions, liberation of previously lost territory, forcing the partition of a country, gaining concessions or access to natural resources or strategic positions, effecting a change in the ruling government, or any combination thereof.

2000–present[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
2018 United Arab Emirates invasion of Socotra  United Arab Emirates  Yemen
2017 invasion of the Gambia  Senegal
 Nigeria
 Ghana
 GAM
2016 invasion of Syria  Turkey  Rojava
 Islamic State
 Syria
2014 invasion of Gaza  Israel Gaza Strip
2014 invasion of Ukraine  Russia  Ukraine
2011 invasion of Libya  NATO Libya
2008 invasion of Gaza  Israel Gaza Strip
2008 invasion of Georgia  Russia  Georgia
2008 invasion of Anjouan  Comoros  Anjouan
2006 invasion of Somalia  Ethiopia  Somalia
2006 invasion of Lebanon  Israel  Lebanon
2004 invasion of Gaza  Israel Gaza Strip
2003 invasion of Iraq  United States
 United Kingdom
 Australia
 Poland
Iraq
2002 invasion of West Bank  Israel West Bank
2001 invasion of Afghanistan  United States
 United Kingdom
Taliban (Afghanistan)

1945–1999[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
1999 invasion of Chechnya  Russia  Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
1999 invasion of Kargil  Pakistan  India
1998 invasion of Democratic Republic of Congo  Uganda
 Rwanda
 Burundi
 Democratic Republic of the Congo
1998 invasion of Ethiopia  Eritrea  Ethiopia
1994 invasion of Chechnya  Russia  Chechen Republic of Ichkeria
1994 invasion of Haiti  United States  Haiti
1991 invasion of Iraq  United States
 United Kingdom
 Saudi Arabia
 Egypt
 Syria
Iraq
1991 Invasion of Saudi Arabia Iraq  Saudi Arabia
1990 invasion of Kuwait Iraq  Kuwait
1990 invasion of Rwanda Rwandan Patriotic Front  Rwanda
1989 invasion of Panama  United States  Panama
1988 invasion of Spratly Islands  China  Vietnam
1984 Reconquista of Siachen  India  Pakistan
1983 invasion of Grenada  United States  Grenada
1982 invasion of Iraq  Iran  Iraq
1982 invasion of Lebanon  Israel  PLO  Syria
1982 invasion of Falklands  Argentina  United Kingdom
1980 invasion of Iran Iraq  Iran
1979 invasion of Afghanistan  Soviet Union  Afghanistan
1979 invasion of Thailand  Vietnam  Thailand
1979 invasion of Vietnam  China  Vietnam
1979 invasion of Uganda  Tanzania  Uganda
1978 invasion of Cambodia  Vietnam Cambodia
1978 invasion of Tanzania  Uganda  Tanzania
1978 invasion of Lebanon  Israel  PLO
1977 invasion of Ethiopia  Somalia  Ethiopia
1976 invasion of Lebanon  Syria  Lebanon
1976 invasion of Paracel Islands  China  Vietnam
1975 invasion of East Timor  Indonesia  East Timor
1975 invasion of Spanish Sahara  Morocco  Spain
1975 invasion of Koh Poulo Wai  Vietnam Cambodia
1975 invasion of Thổ Chu Islands Cambodia  Vietnam
1975 invasion of South Vietnam  North Vietnam  South Vietnam
1974 invasion of Cyprus  Turkey  Cyprus
1974 invasion of Paracel Islands  China  South Vietnam
1973 Invasion of Israel  Egypt
 Syria
 Israel
1972 invasion of South Vietnam  North Vietnam  South Vietnam
1971 invasion of Laos[1]  South Vietnam
 United States
 North Vietnam
1971 invasion of East Pakistan  India  Pakistan
1970 invasion of Cambodia[2][3][4]  United States
 South Vietnam
 North Vietnam
1970 invasion of Cambodia  North Vietnam Cambodia Khmer Republic
1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia Soviet Union
Bulgaria
Hungary
Poland
Czechoslovakia
1968 invasion of South Vietnam  North Vietnam  South Vietnam
1967 invasion of Kingdom of Sikkim Nathu La and Cho La clashes  China  India
 Sikkim
1967 invasions of Biafra  Nigeria  Biafra
1967 invasions of Biafra  Biafra  Nigeria
1967 invasion of Egypt  Israel  Egypt
1967 invasion of Syria  Israel  Syria
1967 invasion of Jordan  Israel  Jordan
1965 invasion of Lahore  India  Pakistan
1965 invasion of Jammu and Kashmir  Pakistan  India
1965 invasion of Dominican Republic  United States  Dominican Republic
1962 invasion of Aksai Chin and Arunachal Pradesh  China  India
1961 invasion of New Guinea  Indonesia  Netherlands
1961 reconquista of Indian Goa  India  Portugal
1961 invasion of Cuba  United States  Cuba
1958 invasion of Laos  North Vietnam Laos Laos
1957 invasion of Spanish Sahara  Morocco Spain Spain

France France

1956 invasion of Hungary  Soviet Union Hungary
1956 invasion of Egypt  France
 United Kingdom
 Israel
 Egypt
1954 Indian reconquista of Dadra and Nagar Haveli  India  Portugal
1951 invasion of North Korea  United States
 South Korea
 North Korea
1951 invasion of South Korea  China
 North Korea
 South Korea
1950 invasion of North Korea  United States
 South Korea
 North Korea
1950 invasion of South Korea  North Korea  South Korea
1950 invasion of Tibet  China  Tibet
1948 Indian reconquista of Hyderabad  India  Hyderabad State
1948 invasion of Palestine  Israel  Palestine
1948 invasion of Israel  Egypt
 Jordan
 Iraq
Syria
 Israel
1947 invasion of Jammu and Kashmir  Pakistan  India
Jammu-Kashmir-flag-1936-1953.gif Jammu and Kashmir
1946 invasion of Vietnam  France Vietnam
1945 invasion of Vietnam  France Vietnam
1945 invasion of Indonesia  Netherlands Indonesia

World War II (1939–1945)[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
1945 invasion of occupied Asia  United States
 Soviet Union
Vietnam
 United Kingdom
Mongolia
 Japan
1945 invasion of occupied Europe  Soviet Union
Poland
 Germany
1945 invasion of Croatia  Soviet Union Croatia
1945 invasion of Slovakia  Soviet Union Slovakia
1945 invasion of Italy  United States
 United Kingdom
Kingdom of Italy Italy
Italy
1944 invasion of Azad Hind  United Kingdom Azad Hind
1944 invasion of Bulgaria  Soviet Union  Bulgaria
1944 invasion of Yugoslavia  Soviet Union  Yugoslavia
1944 invasion of occupied Europe  United States
 Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 Canada
 Germany
1944 invasion of Albania  Soviet Union Albania
1944 invasion of the Pacific  United States  Japan
1944 invasion of East Asia  Japan China
1944 invasion of Romania  Soviet Union  Romania
1944 invasion of Hungary  Germany  Hungary
1943 invasion of Italy  United Kingdom
 United States
 Canada
Italy
1943 invasion of the Pacific  Japan  United States
1942 invasion of North Africa  United States
 United Kingdom
 France
1942 invasion of Solomon Islands  United States
 Australia
 Japan
1942 invasion of Alaska  Japan  United States
1942 invasion of Vichy France  Germany  France
1942 invasion of Madagascar  United Kingdom  France
1942 invasion of UK Pacific  Japan  United Kingdom
1941 invasion of East Indies  Japan  Netherlands
1941 invasion of US Pacific  Japan  United States
1941 invasion of UK Pacific  Japan  United Kingdom
1941 invasion of Sarawak  Japan  Sarawak
1941 invasion of Thailand  Japan  Thailand
1941 invasion of the Soviet Union Nazi Germany Germany  Soviet Union
1941 invasion of Indochina  Thailand  France
1941 invasion of Iran  Soviet Union
 United Kingdom
 Iran
1941 invasion of Syria  United Kingdom Syria
1941 invasion of Lebanon  United Kingdom Lebanon
1941 invasion of Indochina  Japan Vietnam
1941 invasion of Greenland  United States  Greenland
1941 invasion of Yugoslavia  Germany
 Italy
 Bulgaria
 Hungary
 Yugoslavia
1941 invasion of Greece  Germany  Greece
1941 invasion of Italian-occupied Albania  Greece Albania

Italy

1941 invasion of Vietnam  Japan Vietnam
1941 invasion of Portuguese Timor  Australia
 Netherlands
 Portugal
1940 invasion of Egypt  Italy
 Germany
 Bulgaria
 Egypt
1940 invasion of Greece  Italy
 Albania
 Greece
1940 invasion of Sudan  Italy Sudan
1940 invasion of Kenya  Italy  Kenya
1940 invasion of Somaliland  Italy Somaliland
1940 invasion of Vietnam  Japan  France
1940 invasion of Iceland  United Kingdom  Iceland
1940 invasion of Faroe Islands  United Kingdom  Denmark
1940 invasion of Denmark  Germany  Denmark
1940 invasion of Norway  Germany  Norway
1940 invasion of Belgium  Germany  Belgium
1940 invasion of France  Germany
 Italy
 France
1940 invasion of Luxembourg  Germany  Luxembourg
1940 invasion of the Netherlands  Germany  Netherlands
1940 invasion of the Channel Islands  Germany  United Kingdom
1939 invasion of China  Japan China
1939 invasion of Finland  Soviet Union  Finland
1939 invasion of Lithuania  Soviet Union  Lithuania
1939 invasion of Latvia  Soviet Union  Latvia
1939 invasion of Estonia  Soviet Union  Estonia
1939 invasion of French colonies  Japan  France
1939 invasion of Poland  Soviet Union  Poland
1939 invasion of Poland  Germany
 Slovak Republic
 Poland

Interwar (1918–1939)[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
1939 invasion of Mongolia  Japan
 Manchukuo
 Soviet Union
Mongolia
1939 invasion of Albania Italy Italy Albania Albania
1938 invasion of the Soviet Union  Japan  Soviet Union
1938 invasion of Czechoslovakia  Germany
 Hungary
 Poland
 Czechoslovakia
1937 invasion of China  Japan China
1935 invasion of Ethiopia Italy Italy  Ethiopia
1931 invasion of Manchuria  Japan China
1932 invasion of Bolivia Paraguay Bolivia
1923 invasion of Corfu Italy Italy  Greece
1923 invasion of the Ruhr  France
 Belgium
 Germany
1920 invasion of Poland  Russian SFSR
 Ukrainian SSR
Poland
1919 invasion of Smyrna  Greece Turkey
1919 invasion of Ukraine  Romania  Ukraine
1919 invasion of Hungary  Romania  Hungary
1919 invasion of Ukraine  Russian SFSR
 Ukrainian SSR
Ukraine
1918 invasion of Russia  United Kingdom
 Canada
 Japan
 Czechoslovakia
 Greece
 Poland
 United States
France
 Australia
 India
 Romania
 Serbia
 Italy
China
 Russian SFSR

World War I (1914–1918)[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
1917 invasion of Hungary  United Kingdom  Austria-Hungary
1916 invasion of Romania  Germany  Romania
1916 invasion of Austria-Hungary  Romania  Austria-Hungary
1916 invasion of Mexico  United States  Mexico
1916 invasion of Vietnam  France Vietnam
1915 invasion of Russia  Germany
 Austria-Hungary
 Russia
1915 invasion of Montenegro  Austria-Hungary  Montenegro
1915 invasion of Serbia  Austria-Hungary
 Bulgaria
 Germany
 Serbia
1915 invasion of Ottoman Empire  United Kingdom
 Russia
 Ottoman Empire
1915 invasion of Serbia  Austria-Hungary  Serbia
1915 invasion of German South West Africa  South Africa South-West Africa
1914 invasion of German Pacific  Japan  Germany
1914 invasion of France  Germany  France
1914 invasion of East Africa  United Kingdom East Africa
1914 invasion of Tsingtao  Japan
 United Kingdom
 Germany
1914 invasion of New Guinea  Australia New Guinea
1914 invasion of Samoa  New Zealand Samoa
1914 invasion of Kamerun  United Kingdom
 France
 Belgium
Kamerun
1914 invasion of Galicia  Russia  Austria-Hungary
1914 invasion of Germany  Russia  Germany
1914 invasion of Serbia  Austria-Hungary  Serbia
1914 invasion of South Africa  Germany  South Africa
1914 invasion of Togoland  France
 United Kingdom
Togoland
1914 invasion of Alsace  France  Germany
1914 invasion of Belgium  Germany  Belgium
1914 invasion of Luxembourg  Germany  Luxembourg

See also: World War I timeline

1800–1915[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
1915 invasion of Haiti  United States  Haiti
1913 invasion of Bulgaria  Serbia
 Romania
 Greece
 Montenegro
 Ottoman Empire
 Bulgaria
1912 invasion of Macedonia  Bulgaria
 Serbia
 Greece
 Montenegro
 Ottoman Empire
1911 invasion of Libya  Italy  Ottoman Empire
1910 invasion of Korea  Japan  Korea
1910 invasion of Tibet  China  Tibet
1904 invasion of Russia  Japan  Russia
1904 invasion of Tibet  United Kingdom  Tibet
1903 invasion of Bolivia  Brazil  Bolivia
1900 invasion of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State  British Empire
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Canada
 South African Republic

 Orange Free State

1900 invasion of China  United Kingdom
 Russia
 Japan
 United States
 France
 Germany
 Italy
 Austria-Hungary
 China
1899 invasion of British Africa  South African Republic

 Orange Free State

 British Empire
  • Natal
  •  Cape Colony
1898 invasion of the Philippines  United States  Philippines
1898 invasion of Spain  United States  Spain
1897 invasion of Greece  Ottoman Empire  Greece
1897 invasion of Crete  Greece  Ottoman Empire
1895 invasion of South African Republic  British Empire
  •  Cape Colony
 South African Republic
1895 invasion of Ethiopia  Italy  Ethiopia
1895 invasion of Taiwan  Japan Taiwan
1894 invasion of China  Japan  China
1894 invasion of Korea  Japan  Korea
1893 invasion of Hawaii  United States  Hawaii
1884 invasion of Chinese Tonkin  France Vietnam

 China

1879 invasion of Peru  Chile  Peru
1879 invasion of Bolivia  Chile  Bolivia
1878 invasion of Ottoman Turkey  Russia  Ottoman Empire
1877 invasion of Ottoman Bulgaria  Russia

 Serbia

 Romania

 Montenegro

Bulgarian Legion

Ottoman Bulgaria
1871 invasion of France North German Confederation North German Confederation  France
1871 invasion of Korea  United States  Korea
1868 invasion of Abyssinia  United Kingdom

 British India

 Abyssinia
1866 invasion of Korea  France  Korea
1865 invasion of Tonkin, Vietnam Black Flag Army Siam

Luang Phrabang

1864 invasion of Peruvian Chincha Islands Spain  Peru

 Chile

1864 invasion of Paraguay  Brazil

 Argentina

 Uruguay

 Paraguay
1863 invasion of the United States  Confederate States  United States
1862 invasion of the United States  Confederate States  United States
1862–1867 invasion of Mexico  France  Mexico
1861–1865 invasions of the Confederate States  United States  Confederate States
1859 invasion of Lombardy-Venetia Sardinia-Piedmont

 France

Lombardy-Venetia
1859 invasion of Sardinia-Piedmont  Austria Sardinia-Piedmont
1858 invasion of Vietnam  France Vietnam
1856 invasion of China  United Kingdom

 France

China
1855 invasion of Ottoman Turkey  Russia  Ottoman Empire
1854–1855 invasions of Finland  United Kingdom Grand Duchy of Finland
1854 invasion of Russia  United Kingdom

 France

 Russia
1853 invasion of Moldavia and Wallachia  Russia Moldavia

Wallachia

1852 invasion of Argentina  Brazil

 Uruguay

Entre Rios

Corrientes

 Argentina
Manifest Destiny Invasion of the Western United States  United States Native Americans
1846 invasion of Mexico  United States  Mexico
1841 invasion of Bolivia  Peru  Bolivia
1841 invasion of Cambodia Vietnam

Siam

Cambodia
1839 invasion of China  United Kingdom China
1838 invasion of Peru  Chile  Peru
1837 invasion of Peru  Chile  Peru
1835 invasion of Riograndense Republic  Brazil Riograndese Republic
1834 invasion of Ladakh Sikh Empire Ladakh
1832 invasion of Syria Egypt Ottoman Empire
1832 invasion of Champa Vietnam Champa
1831 invasion of Cambodia and southern Vietnam Siam Vietnam

Cambodia

1830 invasion of Algeria France Ottoman Empire
1827 invasion of Laos Siam Kingdom of Vientiane
1825 invasion of Greece Egypt  Greece
1817-21 invasions of Assam Burma Assum
1812-16 invasions of the Banda Oriental United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves Banda Oriental
1814 invasion of the United States  British Empire  United States
1813 invasion of Canada  United States  British Empire
  •  Upper Canada
1812 invasions of Canada  United States  British Empire
  •  Upper Canada
  •  Lower Canada
1812 invasions of United States  British Empire
  •  United Kingdom
  •  Upper Canada
  •  Lower Canada

Native Americans

 United States
1812 invasion of Cambodia Vietnam Cambodia
1809 invasion of Sweden  Russia  Sweden
1808 invasion of Swedish Finland  Russia Sweden Swedish Finland
1806–1807 invasions of Spanish Río de la Plata basin colonies  United Kingdom Spain
1805 invasion of Tripoli  United States Ottoman Empire

French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars (1792–1815)[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
1813 invasion of France Spain
 United Kingdom
 Portugal
France
1812 invasion of Russia France
 Austria
 Prussia
 Russia
1811 invasion of Java  United Kingdom France
1810 invasion of Mauritius  United Kingdom France
1810 invasion of Portugal France  Portugal
 United Kingdom
1810 invasion of Guadeloupe  United Kingdom France
1809 Invasion of Sweden  Russia  Sweden
1809 invasion of Flanders  United Kingdom France
1809 invasion of Portugal France  Portugal
 United Kingdom
1809 invasion of Martinique  United Kingdom France
1808 invasion of Spain France Spain
1807 invasion of Portugal France
 Spain
 Portugal
1805 invasion of Bavaria  Austria  Bavaria
1800 invasion of Piedmont France Piedmont
Anglo-Russian invasion of Holland (1799)  Great Britain
 Russia
 Holland
France
1799 invasion of Ionian Islands  Russia
 Ottoman Empire
France
1798 invasion of Vietnam France Vietnam
1798 invasion of Ireland France  Ireland
1798 invasion of Egypt France  Ottoman Empire
1798 invasion of Malta France Sovereign Military Order of Malta Order of St. John of Jerusalem
1795 invasion of France  Great Britain France
1795 invasion of Ceylon  Great Britain  Batavian Republic
1795 invasion of Bavaria France  Bavaria
1794 invasion of Holland France  Dutch Republic
1794 invasion of the Austrian Netherlands France  Austria
1793 invasion of the Kingdom of Sardinia France  Sardinia
1793 invasion of Breda France Breda

See also: French Revolutionary Wars, Napoleonic Wars

1700–1792[edit]

Invasion Invading forces Defending forces
1792 invasion of Poland Russia Poland
1792 invasion of Laos Siam Laos
1789 invasion of Vietnam Manchu army Vietnam
1788 invasion of Nepal China Nepal
1788 invasion of Vietnam China Vietnam
1788 invasion of Tibet Gorkha Kingdom Tibet
1784–1785 Battle of Rach Gam–Xoai Mut Siam Vietnam
1783 Al Khalifa invasion of Bahrain Al Khalifa Bahrain
1782 invasion of Cambodia Siam Cambodia
1778 invasion of Laos Siam Laos
1775 invasion of Canada Thirteen Colonies (United States) Canada
1774 Tây Sơn Revolt Vietnam Annam
1769 invasion of Cambodia Siam Cambodia
1768 Invasion of Corsica France Corsica
1765–1767 invasion of Siam Burma Siam
1757 Battle of Prague Prussia Bohemia
1756 invasion of Saxony Prussia Saxony
1755 Wars over the south Vietnam Cochinchina
1750 invasion of Tibet China Tibet
1749 invasion of Cochinchina Vietnam Cochinchina
1741 invasion of Spanish Cuba England Spanish Cuba
1720 invasion of Tibet China Tibet
1718 War of the Quadruple Alliance Austria, Britain Sicily
1718 War of the Quadruple Alliance Spain Sicily
1718 Great Northern War Sweden Norway
1717 War of the Quadruple Alliance Spain Sardinia
1717 Tatar raids Tatar Transylvania
1717 Omani invasion of Bahrain Omani Bahrain
1716 Battle of Petrovaradin Ottoman Empire Austria
1716 Great Northern War Sweden Norway
1716 invasion of Venetian Corfu Ottoman Turks Corfu
1714 Wars over the south Vietnam Cochinchina
1707 invasion of Russia Sweden Russia
1706 invasion of Saxony Sweden Saxony
1705 invasion of Tibet Mongols Tibet
1702 invasion of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth Sweden Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth

1600–1699[edit]

1500–1599[edit]

1300–1499[edit]

Timurid invasions[edit]

1200–1299[edit]

Mongol invasions[edit]

900–1199[edit]

Before 900[edit]

Muslim conquests[edit]

Punic Wars[edit]

Macedonian invasions[edit]

Peloponnesian War[edit]

431–404 BC multiple invasions of Athens and allies by Sparta and allies; multiple invasions of Spartan allies by Athens and allies

Persian invasions of Greece[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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