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This German gunner was a Nazi soldier serving at the Tanis dig site in Egypt. When the Ark of the Covenant was being moved from Tanis to Cairo, this soldier served as the machine gunner in Major Gobler's troop car, riding high in the back to fire over the windshield. When Indiana Jones attempted to take over the truck carrying the Ark, the gunner opened fire at Jones on horseback. Once Jones gained control of the truck, the troop car eventually pulled alongside the truck, and the gunner opened fire again. Jones responded by ramming Gobler's car on the side, which pushed it off the road and over a tall cliff. The gunner, not secured in the vehicle, fell out of the car, and plummeted to his death, along with Gobler and another officer.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The role of this soldier in Raiders of the Lost Ark is played by stuntman Billy Horrigan.
- In the original script the gunner is flipped out the back of the car when Gobler sideswipes a boulder. His fate after this is not mentioned.
- In Campbell Black's novelization they are driving alongside a different cliff (not the one the car later flies off of) when Jones tries to force them over the edge. The car swerves sharply, flinging the gunner out and over the cliff edge.