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Deceiving the Enemy
SOUND LOCATOR AND SEARCHLIGHT
Rather than alert the enemy that they possessed effective antiaircraft radar, the U. S. Army deployed
tandems of sound locators (left) and 60-inch searchlights (right). Enemy observation of such units led
German intelligence to believe that U. S. Army AAA defense was still rooted in detecting airplanes by
locating engine noise and then directing AA fire via searchlights. While the 225th did not use sound
locators in combat (they had, however, trained using them at Fort Sheridan), the 60-inch searchlight
was standard equipment. In the Army's official "strength tables," 36 searchlights were issued to each SL
battalion for dispersal between its three batteries (photo reproduced courtesy U. S. Army).

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