The Cook Islands in World War Two



Many New Zealanders have gone to the idyllic Cook Islands and roamed around the main island of Rarotonga, mountainous, jungle covered and a tourist destination. Many know about the Rarotonga soldiers who serviced overseas on active service during WW1. But what is less understood is the Cook Islands and their service during WW2. During WW2 the Cook Islands were a territory of New Zealand and as such should be considered part of the New Zealand war effort.



The NZMHS is proud to present two fascinating articles by researcher and historian Barry O'Sullivan available for download as PDF files below.



THE COOK ISLANDS LOCAL DEFENCE FORCE 1941-1945

By Barry O'Sullivan (barrylisa@xtra.co.nz)



You can download the full article HERE 



THE AITUTAKI HOME GUARD

By Barry O'Sullivan (barrylisa@xtra.co.nz)


You can download this article HERE



For Names of those who served download spreadsheet HERE