Diary May 10, 1917

General Pershing and Admiral Sims

The US commanders of the army and the navy: General Pershing (left) and Admiral Sims (right).

World War One Diary for Thursday, May 10, 1917:

Western Front

USA: PERSHING APPOINTED C-IN­-C AMERICAN EXPEDITION­ARY FORCE (AEF).
France: Ribot cabinet decide to make Petain C-in-C but Nivelle refuses to go on May 11.
Somme: British advance on south bank of river Scarpe.

Sea War

Atlantic: First Allied general trade convoy (trial) sails (16 ships in 3 columns at 6 1/2 kts from Gibraltar with 5 escorts), reaches Plymouth unscathed on May 20 after 8 destroyers meet it 200 miles from Channel (May 18).
North Sea: German battlecruiser Hindenburg (launched August 1, 1915) joins High Seas Fleet.

Home Fronts

Britain: House of Commons secret session on U-boat menace until May 11. Unofficial strikes involve 160,000 engineers (including London bus drivers on May 13) against dilution on private work (until May 24). 8 strike leaders arrested (released on May 23 after Munitions Minister meets shop stewards on May 19).

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