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The Hatay Tank Driver was one of several soldiers given to Walter Donovan for his quest to find the Holy Grail in 1938 by the Sultan of Hatay.


In 1938, this Hatayan drove the Mark VII Tank commanded by Colonel Ernst Vogel. He appeared to be fluent in German, as he understood the orders Vogel gave him in German. When Indiana Jones was hanging off the side of the tank following his first fight with Vogel, the driver tried to kill Jones by scraping him against the side of a mountain.[1]

Hatay driver death

The driver leans onto the controls after he is accidentally shot.

As the tank headed toward a solid rock face, Henry Jones and a Nazi crewman were fighting over a Luger. The soldier gained the upper hand, but was bashed over the head by Marcus Brody with a shell. As he lost consciousness, the soldier reflexively fired the Luger. The bullet ricocheted inside the tank and hit the driver in the head, killing him. With the driver's body leaning onto the steering levers, the tank swerved away from the rock face (saving Jones just in time), and started moving toward a cliff. The driver's body was subsequently carried over a cliff along with Vogel and the entire tank.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The Hatay Tank Driver was portrayed by Peter Pacey in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.[1] The film's original script referred to the character as the "Turkish Tank Driver".[2]

During the development of the script, written by Jeffrey Boam, the Hatay Tank Driver was originally going to tie a wire rope with a metal hook to one of the gears of the tank in an attempt to kill Indy, which would cause the tank to turn toward a steep cliff. However, this would cause the driver to be trapped under the hatch of the tank and therefore die along with Walter Chandler (Walter Donovan in the final film) went it over the cliff.[2]

Despite his pivotal role in the film, neither he nor the Hatay Tank Gunner appear in Rob MacGregor's novelization. There, the tank's crew are (apparently) all Germans.[3] In the comic book adaptation by Marvel Comics, the driver is absent as well, but so is the whole tank's crew minus the second tank crewman, though his absence doesn't explain then why the tank turns toward a cliff despite the crewman just being knocked out without firing his gun, possibly suggesting that the crewman filled in as driver too.[4]

Similarly to the whole tank's crew, the Hatay Tank Driver does not appear in LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures or its sequel. Instead, Ernst Vogel controls the entire tank in both games.[5][6]


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