Definition of sand table in US English:

sand table


  • A relief model in sand used to explain military tactics and plan campaigns.

    • ‘With absolute attention to detail, you've studied yourself in a mirror for flaws as a general would study a sand table before committing his troops to battle.’
    • ‘Rehearsals should be conducted using sand tables, maps, and rock drills - never just talked through.’
    • ‘Troop leaders conducted sand table exercises, followed by walk-throughs, with every vehicle commander participating and providing input.’
    • ‘The presence of this third color in the computer simulation forces armor lieutenants to consider the battlespace as more than a force-on-force sand table.’
    • ‘The commander then moves to a terrain model, sand table, or terrain tarp and executes a leader's back brief by key event.’
    • ‘Dispensing with the board, he constructed a sand table that modeled actual terrain.’