Searchlight FAQs:


Q: Were Searchlights also used by battleships and other capital vessels to locate attacking torpedo boats and were installed on many coastal artillery batteries for aiding night combat?

A: Yes.

Q: Were Searchlights first used in the First World War to create "artificial moonlight" to enhance opportunities for night attacks by reflecting searchlight beams off the bottoms of clouds?

A: Yes, and a practice which continued in the Second World War.

Q: Were Searchlights occasionally used tactically in ground battles?

A: Yes.

Q: Were Searchlights installed on most naval capital ships from the late 19th century through WWII?

A: Yes, and both for tracking small, close-in targets such as torpedo boats, and for engaging enemy units in nighttime gun battles.

Q: Were Searchlights used extensively in defense against nighttime bomber raids during the Second World War?

A: Yes.

Q: Were Searchlights also heavily used in the defense of the UK against German nighttime bombing raids using Zeppelins?

A: Yes.

Q: Are Searchlights used in advertising?

A: Yes, and fairs, festivals and other public events.

Q: Were Searchlights directed at the German defence force across the Neisse River?

A: Yes, and with the aim of temporarily blinding them during a Soviet offensive, begun with the largest artillery bombardment the world had even seen until that point.