The game takes place in North Africa during WW2 and players can take role of German, Italian or British commanders and are given command over land army, air units, logistics and engineering. Player can give orders to battalions, divisions, corps, armies and air squadrons. Iron Cross features large detailed map of Libya and Egypt, with accurate road and village network. It allows players to take advantage of terrain features to defend themselves better and to outmanouver the opponents. Vast distances and scarce supply sources add a logistical component to the game. Players are awarded ranks for playing good and with skill. Initially they all start as Ensigns, but can advance up to the rank of Field Marshal.