Jack, the French weren't so much allies as colonial overlords..
Yes, you can historically game French regulars as well as Legionnaires vs the Japanese if you wish to.
Yea, you know the moment I posted that, I looked at it and thought to myself, "Yea, 'allie' just doesnt look right." Of course the French did seem to be a bit slow on accepting the idea that the age of 'colonialism' was past its prime. IIRC, after things fell apart there, they then found themselves dealing w/ much the same situation in Africa, Algeria to be more precise I believe.
'What if' battles can be half the fun in gaming, and if the two 'factions' actually had forces in the same area at the same time, it does lend itself to the realm of.. 'it was possible'.
On that note, theres also the Russian and Japanese during WW 2. Not a lot of fighting by any means compared to the entire war, but it did occur.
The redone pic is much sharper. Great job, now its pretty clear that 'soldier' on the right IS armed with a shotgun.