Colonel Robert Logan led a 1374-strong expeditionary force to capture German Samoa (afterwards renamed Western Samoa). The 80 German personnel stationed there were in no position to offer resistance.
On 6 August, shortly after the outbreak of war, the British told the New Zealand government that the capture of German Samoa would be a ‘great and urgent Imperial service’. The wireless station was protected by a German-officered constabulary of around 50 men. This was no match for the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), which achieved its objective without resistance. This was the second German territory, after Togoland in Africa, to fall to the Allies in the First World War.
New Zealand administered the islands for the remainder of the war. From 1920 to 1962 New Zealand administered Western Samoa under mandates from the League of Nations and its successor, the United Nations.