War of independence

The Greek War of Independence (1821–1829) against the Ottoman Empire

A war of independence or independence war is a conflict occurring over a territory that has declared independence from some nation-state or ruling colonial power. Once the state that previously held the territory sends in military forces to assert its sovereignty or the native population clashes with the former occupier, a separatist rebellion has begun. If a new state is successfully established, the conflict is usually known as a 'War of Independence'.


Seán Hogan's IRA flying column during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921) or Anglo-Irish war

Examples of wars of independence include: