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An Australian soldier sleeping in his trench shelter during the fighting near Bullecourt, May 1917. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

  • The Second Battle of Bullecourt enters its second week. Eighteen men from the Orange district have been killed so far; the news of their deaths has not yet reached Orange.
  • British troops on the Western Front make small gains south-west of Lens and on the south bank of River Scarpe
  • Britain introduces the convoy system in response to the German submarine threat, moving large numbers of merchant ships together under naval protection
  • Major-General John J Pershing is appointed commander of the United States Expeditionary Force
  • Mikhail Vladimirovich Rodzianko, 5th Chairman of the Duma (Russian State Assembly) affirms Russia‚Äôs loyalty to the Allies