Just a quick note to let you all know that Osprey's new November titles are now available to buy online or at any good book store. With 14 new releases, it is a bumper month - and it is tough to pick out any clear favourites. However, Duel 5 Spitfire vs Bf 109: Battle of Britain looks great, as does Elite 159 French Napoleonic Infantry Tactics 1792-1815.

Personally though, having finally found the time to watch 300 on DVD last weekend, I am desperate to have a read through CAM 188 Thermopylae to find out what really happened!

Incidentally, the author of Shadows in the Desert, Kaveh Farrokh took exception to the portrayal of the Persians in 300 and has written an essay that separates out fact from fiction. You can have a read of it here.