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Re: WW2 Night action
Japan introduced star shells in 1926 with an improved type (with parachute suspended flare) in 1935. The latter were available in sizes from 4.7" to 14" (called Shoumeidan B).
Lacroix and Wells talk about illuminating shells on pp 761-763 of their "Japanese Cruisers of the Pacific War" (which is where I got this).
I cannot remember when the IJN got star shells, but they had searchlight use down pat. In night actions, IJN flew scout planes into the battle area before the action and they made good use of air-dropped flares., e.g., at Savo Island. The USN usually couldn't cope with the flares, but USN got very good at using star shells in battle.
US Navy had star shells and search lights. Besides searchlights what did th IJN have?
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