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"They've got a tank!"
Indiana Jones spying on the Nazis[src]

The Mark VII Tank[1] was a large tank of World War I vintage. It possessed a main forward-facing cannon, as well as two mounted sponson guns on each side of the vehicle.


A Mark VII tank was given by the Sultan of Hatay to the Nazi expedition sent to find the Holy Grail in 1938. It was used to defend the Nazi convoy on its way to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon.

On the way to the Grail Temple, there was an ensuing fight on the tank. As Indiana Jones was busy fighting Colonel Ernst Vogel on the top of the tank, his father, Henry and Marcus Brody were making their escape. The tank was destroyed shortly after the Hatay driver was indirectly killed by a Nazi soldier knocked unconscious by Brody. With nobody at the controls, the tank drove aimlessly off a nearby cliff, killing everyone aboard except Indiana Jones.

Behind the scenes[]

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Special effects artist George Gibbs visited a museum to negotiate renting a small French World War I tank for the film, but ultimately decided on building one.[2] The Mark VII Tank was a replica vehicle built on an old excavator chassis namely a HYMAC 590 and was powered by two rover V8 engines. drive gear installed and modified by a specialist engineer from Chertsey in Surrey, Diablo (Victor) Donnelly It was based on the real-world Tank Mark VIII which possessed no main top turret. The replica measured 36 feet (11 m) long and weighed 28 short tons (25 t).

The tank idea was used from Chris Columbus' unrealized Indiana Jones and the Monkey King script, which was one of the screenplays considered for the third Indiana Jones film before it became Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. However, in Columbus' story, that tank was large enough to raze an entire jungle.[3]



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  1. Titanium Series diecast collectibles
  2. The Complete Making of Indiana Jones, Chapter 10: "The Professionals: May 1988 to May 1989", p. 204–229
  3. The Complete Making of Indiana Jones, Chapter 9: "The Monkey King: July 1984 to May 1988", p. 184–203