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The Gunner was a Nazi soldier serving at the Tanis dig site in Egypt. He served as one of the many soldiers under the command of Major Gobler.

Biography Edit

When the Ark of the Covenant was being moved from Tanis to Cairo, a 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 Gunner, also identified as Gobler's Gunner, was played by stuntman Billy Horrigan in Raiders of the Lost Ark. Horrigan later performed stunts in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

In the third draft of the film's original script, written by Lawrence Kasdan, the Gunner is flipped out the back of the car when Gobler sideswipes a boulder before he and Toht fall to their deaths when the troop car goes off the cliff. His fate after this isn't mentioned.[1]

In Campbell Black's novelization, Gobler, Toht and the Gunner are driving alongside a cliff when Jones tries to force them over the edge. The car swerves sharply, throwing the Gunner out and over the cliff edge to his demise before Toht and Gobler share this same fate. In the comic book adaption of Raiders, the Gunner is absent as Gobler and Toht drive a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 instead of the troop car.

The Gunner is absent from both LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures and its sequel along Gobler and the Lieutenant, but is included in the Race for the Stolen Treasure set along minifigures of a nameless German soldier (who replaces Gobler), the Cargo truck driver and Indiana Jones. However, the Gunner is depicted with a gray moustache and beard without glasses.

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