17th May 1917: 2nd Battle of Bullecourt ends

In the early hours the British 173rd Brigade began an operation to take Bullecourt, but on entering the remains of the village discovered that the Germans were in the process of withdrawing and captured 40 men engaged in demolishing the dugouts. The British penetrated beyond the village and occupied OG2, north of which the Germans were found to be holding a line of posts. With this action saw the end of the offensive on the right flank of the Arras campaign, one which resulted in 10,000 Australian casualties over the two Bullecourt battles

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