Holding Professor Henry Jones and Marcus Brody captive, the soldier ended up fighting the elder Jones who tried to take a gun to free himself. He managed to hold Jones in a chokehold until the soldier's face was squirted by ink shot out from Jones' pen. Blinded by the blast, the soldier was knocked unconscious by Jones.
The soldier regained consciousness and saw that Jones and Brody were attempting to flee the tank. The soldier managed to grab Jones and fought him again, even managing to acquire a gun. He then held Jones at gunpoint but was knocked out again by Brody who bashed him on the head with a tank shell. As he lost consciousness, the soldier reflexively fired the gun. The bullet ricocheted inside the tank and then hit the tank driver in the head, killing him. The death of the driver caused the tank to go out of control, inadvertently saving the life of the younger Jones who was hanging on for life at the edge of the tank, and sent the vehicle off a cliff into the Canyon of the Crescent Moon.
Behind the scenes
The second tank crewman was played by the late stuntman Tip Tipping in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Tipping also played another Nazi soldier before the Tank Chase in the same film and had previously provided stunts for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.