A sand table is just that, a table with high sides and an open top filled with sand. It is used for landscape simulation to provide a visual reference for planning and coordination. The most common use for a sand table is to devise military tactics to address a situation and briefing unit members about said plan. In that application little plastic people and vehicles are also used, creating a scene little different than that of kids playing in sand with trucks and toys.

The importance of having a visual three-dimensional landscape reference is critical in combat planning, as lines of sight (and fire), available cover, and maneuver goals can be easily determined and explained to others.

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