I think that what Anton needs is a little challenge for himself and his little friend Proxie. So I have been working on a little surprise, Anton knows there is a challenge, but I have not officially let him in on it yet. This is the official gauntlet moment.
In my never ending quest for obscure, but real military matters I stumbled upon the Madagascar campaign, Operation Ironclad, the British invasion of Madagascar. Any time the Vichy French are showing up the nation of France I am interested. France itself held out for barely a month in 1940, but the Vichy French in Madagascar fought for more than 6 months. Along the way I mused to Anton that it would be cool to do the campaign on both air and sea which led to my Blood Red Skies efforts last quarter. Back in the pre-COVID past I mentioned to Anton that it would be cool to get the boats in 1/200 to go along with the planes, he said it could be done, but they would be big. I felt it unfair to dump everything on Anton and resolved to leave it alone unless I could work out the Axis side as the Allies would be easier and thus left to Anton.
Well I have done it, I have assembled basically the whole Axis Fleet (Vichy French and Japanese combined) comprising 11 vessels of various shapes. So Anton I think you and Proxie should get busy making some Allied vessels.
So the Vichy French officially had one Armed Merchant Cruiser, One "Aviso", which is there perversion of a standard colonial sloop. However, the British maintained that there were Two merchant cruisers in Madagascar, and Five Submarines. The British do not say what happened to the second merchant cruiser, but claim to have sunk four of the five submarines. I have taken the liberty of adding three French torpedo boats (Vedettes Lance-Torpilles) as such were present everywhere the French did not fight, so I figure they were here too.
This is a pre war photograph of the Victor Schoelcher demonstrating the coloration.
Finally, I decided that since the Vichy French had Torpedo boats in Indochina, and Syria where they did not fight, they probably had some in Madagascar where the French did fight. So Vedettes Lance-Torpilles it is.
Next up the Japanese.