Dr Bou is a lecturer in the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre and is based at the Australian Command and Staff College, where he teaches in the Military Studies Program. A historian, he is a graduate of the University of Queensland and holds a PhD in History from the University of New South Wales (at the Australian Defence Force Academy). In 2006 he joined the SDSC as a researcher for the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations and has remained involved with that project, being the co-author of the forthcoming fourth volume. Dr Bou has also been a historian in the Military History Section of the Australian War Memorial, during which time he remained a Visiting Fellow at the SDSC. He is the author or co-editor of several books on Australian military history.
The day was getting on when Harry Chauvel, commander of the Light Horse, ordered a cavalry charge to take the town of Beersheba in Palestine on October 31, 1917.