Eastern Front Tank Leader is the first game in West End Games' Tank Leader series. A tactical (platoon/company level) game where formations are activated by playing command cards. The emphasis is on command, control, and communications with the use of Command cards that represent formations which are used to determine order of movement/combat, rallying, and group cohesion. The game is similar to the Panzerblitz type of game but with the addition of soft factors such as unit experience, command, and morale.
The terrain on the map is variable for woods, contours, and cities, which are defined in each scenario.