Search Lights?

#1
Did anyone experience the use of searchlights on tanks ?
NOT the CDL or -Infrared', just ordinary search light, or even on foriegn tanks?
Pics if possible.
 
#2
Hi Brian,
Chieftain used to have a whopper on the left side of the turret with a range of about 1,200 metres(?),it had a IR filter for night vision and an armoured plate in front for protection,all controlled by a switch inside the turret.
Must be lots of piccies on the internet of them,
midnight
 
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#4
The chiefy serchlight, the tank on the right is useing his white light
 

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Yes the cry was " go white, go hard " screw being the one with the light on when 3rd shock army was pouring through the gap, it was an absolute piece of crap anyway, as the gunner behind the light all you got was backscatter screwing up the graticule. in the mean time the rest of your troop would probably have legged it ,because some twat had illummed the
the whole area !!!!!
 

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#6
tropper66 said:
The chiefy serchlight, the tank on the right is useing his white light
It is/was a Light Projector not a searchlight.
 
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revmodes said:
Yes the cry was " go white, go hard " screw being the one with the light on when 3rd shock army was pouring through the gap, it was an absolute piece of crap anyway, as the gunner behind the light all you got was backscatter screwing up the graticule. in the mean time the rest of your troop would probably have legged it ,because some twat had illummed the
the whole area !!!!!
You illuminated your own target? How wery stwange...
 
#8
I watched a couple of Bundeswehr Leopard 1 night shoots a few years ago. The Coy Comd issued delayed FCOs which guided the gunners roughly onto their targets after which point the radio command "Wiess...LICHT!" was given. All tanks activated their lights simultaneously, fired and then extinguished in about two seconds.
The other method was having a Panzergrenadier on the reverse slope of the firing point launch illum rounds from the Charlie-G.
 
#9
Quite convinient at times.
Once, we had a wagon fall of a flatbed in Wolfenbüttel and used it then to illuminate the recovery scene.

And once on a smoker. :soldier:
 
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Fat_Cav said:
Quite convinient at times.
Once, we had a wagon fall of a flatbed in Wolfenbüttel and used it then to illuminate the recovery scene.

And once on a smoker. :soldier:
They were also shite hot for re-warming NAAFI steak pies
 

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#11
stickybomb said:
I watched a couple of Bundeswehr Leopard 1 night shoots a few years ago. The Coy Comd issued delayed FCOs which guided the gunners roughly onto their targets after which point the radio command "Wiess...LICHT!" was given. All tanks activated their lights simultaneously, fired and then extinguished in about two seconds.
The other method was having a Panzergrenadier on the reverse slope of the firing point launch illum rounds from the Charlie-G.
We tended to get our illum from mortars off the back of a 432. We were firing 76: would mortars have the range the light up downrange for a 120mm shoot?
 
#13
I remember a subby in 17/21L who came to the tank park in NBC Kit to watch an ECE remove the chuffing great bulb, and then sign the phony disposal certificate.
 
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PE4rocks said:
revmodes said:
Yes the cry was " go white, go hard " screw being the one with the light on when 3rd shock army was pouring through the gap, it was an absolute piece of crap anyway, as the gunner behind the light all you got was backscatter screwing up the graticule. in the mean time the rest of your troop would probably have legged it ,because some twat had illummed the
the whole area !!!!!
You illuminated your own target? How wery stwange...
My bad, you have dazzled me with your brilliance, i accept a d grade for my t.p. :( :(
 
#15
We certainly used 'white light' a couple times on ranges in the later 70s.....I believe it was called the 'ripple' effect. A troop would 'ripple' their searchlights (fcuk off light projector!!!) one at a time for approx 5-8 secs each at pre-designated arcs..........another troop would engage anything 'enemy or generally target like' which loomed out of the darkness. Quite effective but, realtime very dangerous and even in the later seventies archaic!!! As we hit the 80s....twaz no more.........unless someone (Normally an attached arm) got lost en route to a BATUS leaguer and it became pretty desperate to get them into the site rather than miss out on a smoker!!!!!
 
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AlienFTM said:
stickybomb said:
I watched a couple of Bundeswehr Leopard 1 night shoots a few years ago. The Coy Comd issued delayed FCOs which guided the gunners roughly onto their targets after which point the radio command "Wiess...LICHT!" was given. All tanks activated their lights simultaneously, fired and then extinguished in about two seconds.
The other method was having a Panzergrenadier on the reverse slope of the firing point launch illum rounds from the Charlie-G.
We tended to get our illum from mortars off the back of a 432. We were firing 76: would mortars have the range the light up downrange for a 120mm shoot?
Ho Yuss. IIRC there was some advantage of the 81mm to the 105mm Illum rounds, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was probably burn time or light output.(1)
(1) It's been a while so I could be talking bollox. As usual.
 
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On my first exercise-Red Rat 1974 we did a Killing Zone exercise with the Cloggies as enemy,using the White Light instead of shouting´Dacca Dacca Dacca `:) it was quite impressive watching Leopards running around like headless chickens as the light got them.
I suppose the Killing Zone system would have worked as long as the Ruskies or Yanks didn´t start chucking nukes around or the Ruskies didn´t send ATW Para´s behind you as the rear was terribly exposed,a Cavalry thing I suppose;)

For the old and bold,the Killing Zone ´tactic´ was a horse shoe shaped ambush where the Ruskies were to be slaughtered as they tried to stop the rest of Europe from getting on the Channel Ferries!
 
#18
Is there any evidence of the white light being used in first Gulf War? :?Chris, re your 'cancer' site, there is evidence that users of the CDL (Canal Defence Light') suffered from cancer brought on by it in after years.
 

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#19
BenghaziBandit said:
Is there any evidence of the white light being used in first Gulf War? :?Chris, re your 'cancer' site, there is evidence that users of the CDL (Canal Defence Light') suffered from cancer brought on by it in after years.
CR1 was in operation so from the armour side white light was not used.
 

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#20
Arthur3bums said:
We certainly used 'white light' a couple times on ranges in the later 70s.....I believe it was called the 'ripple' effect. A troop would 'ripple' their searchlights (fcuk off light projector!!!) one at a time for approx 5-8 secs each at pre-designated arcs..........another troop would engage anything 'enemy or generally target like' which loomed out of the darkness. Quite effective but, realtime very dangerous and even in the later seventies archaic!!! As we hit the 80s....twaz no more.........unless someone (Normally an attached arm) got lost en route to a BATUS leaguer and it became pretty desperate to get them into the site rather than miss out on a smoker!!!!!
"Hello 24 this is 29D, I am at the grid reference you gave me. Can you flash your headlights, please?"

Cue an entire horizon lit up as every twaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat in the squadron gives Eskimo Ness the SQMS a helping hand.
 

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