Fiji

Full Name 109 Colony of Fiji
Alliance Allies - Minor Member Nation or Possession
Possessing Power United Kingdom
Entry into WW2 3 Sep 1939
Population in 1939 198,379

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ww2dbaseThe British Colony of Fiji was established on 10 Oct 1874. The British governors assigned to rule Fiji were generally benevolent, setting forth policies to prevent the exploitation of native Fijians, for example, restricting the amount of land that a non-native could own and disallowing Fijians from being sent abroad as laborers (although more than 61,000 Indians were ironically transported to Fiji as laborers). During WW1, similar protective sentiments let to the fact that no Fijians fought with the British military. In WW2, however, this was reversed, leading to the formation of the Fiji Infantry Regiment whose strength numbered in the thousands. The regiment was attached to New Zealand and Australian army units during WW2 and saw action in the Solomon Islands against Japanese troops. The islands themselves hosted barracks, training fields, and an airfield for the Allies. With British mediation, the various Fijian tribes and non-Fijian ethnic groups (including Indians) successfully established a constitution, and shortly after, in 1970, the Republic of Fiji was declared.

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Wildcat aboard Long Island, ready for launching, off Viti Levu, Fiji, 6 Mar 1943



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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Saul Naisarani says:
19 Jun 2016 12:44:01 PM

I am searching for the Fijians Return from WW2 but wasn't successful.Can you help please?
2. Anonymous says:
14 Mar 2017 04:40:40 PM

Dear Sir/madam I am looking for a picture of Ex- Military person , War veteran, and a Rugby player Inoke J Bainimarama , father of PM Frank Bainimarama. Will highly appreciate.
3. inoke tokula says:
8 Aug 2018 06:49:10 PM

im looking for this man Manasa Waqamate who was a former fijian gurrillars that wnt to solomon island during the world war 2???

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Wildcat aboard Long Island, ready for launching, off Viti Levu, Fiji, 6 Mar 1943




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