Basically, the British, being British, weren’t very keen Chicago Cubs all-time greats shirt the new Sultan of Zanzibar and decided to replace him with a friendlier Sultan. When the reigning Sultan refused, the British bombarded his palace and sunk his royal yacht. The whole thing started at 9:00 AM on 27th August 1896 and was over by around 9:40 AM. Only 1 British sailor was wounded while 500 Zanzibaris were killed. There is one slight issue with this plan, the front line troops that actually fought (so were actually on the front line) were troops from Zanzibar, assuming you had to live there afterwards it would be a poor time to be anyone that isn’t European.