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The second tank crewman was one of the many Nazi soldiers who participated in the Nazi effort to find the Holy Grail in 1938. He served aboard a tank commanded by Colonel Ernst Vogel.


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.[1]

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, taking the still unconscious soldier with it.[1]

Behind the scenes[]

The second tank crewman was portrayed 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[1] and had previously provided stunts for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.[2]

In the comic book adaptation by Marvel Comics, the second tank crewman looks younger and seems to be the Mark VII Tank's only occupant alongside Ernst Vogel. His part is also considerably reduced: he tries to pull Henry Walton Jones, Senior back into the tank's bowels when he comes out from the hacht to cheer his son Indiana Jones up, leading Henry to squirt his pen's ink on one of his eyes, knocking him out for the rest of the fight, though even then, the tank inexplicably goes off the cliff, so it's possible that the crewman was the one driving the tank in the comic.[3]

The article "Indy's Top 10 Funniest Moments", published in Indiana Jones: The Official Magazine 6, divides the crewmember in two diifferent Nazis based on the two interactions.[4]

As with most of the Mark VII Tank's crew, the second tank crewman is absent from LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its sequel. Instead, Vogel alone controls the entire tank.[5][6]



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