Leighton Beach History
Coastal Artillery Search Lights
Searchlights were use extensively during World War 2 as part of the defence system against night time bomber raids. Despite Perth's coast fortunately never being targeted, the threat alone was enough to install six Coastal Artillery Search Lights along the coast with two in the Leighton-to Cottesloe area.
Controlled by sound locators and radars, search lights could track bombers with its bright light, blinding targets to prevent engagement.
The 90cm searchlight batteries were manned by the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE), later becoming renamed as the Royal Australian Artillery (RAA).
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