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The Hatay Tank Gunner was one of several Hatayan soldiers given to Walter Donovan for his quest to find the Holy Grail in 1938 by the Sultan of Hatay. He served as the gunner of the Mark VII Tank commanded by Colonel Ernst Vogel.

Biography Edit

After the Hatay Sultan and wealthy American industrialist Walter Donovan formed an alliance between Hatayans and Nazis, the Sultan gave Donovan all possible men to help him and the Nazi Party to find the Holy Grail, although he didn't think that the relic existed. The Hatay Tank Gunner was selected to help Colonel Ernst Vogel as the gunner of his Mark VII Tank.

He manned the gun inside of the tank. He made several attempts to shoot and kill Indiana Jones. He himself wound up being killed when Jones jammed the barrel of the gun with a rock. When the gunner fired, the blockage resulted in an explosive backfire that killed him instantly. His body was subsequently carried over a cliff with the entire tank and Vogel.

Behind the scenes Edit

The Hatay Tank Gunner was portrayed by the Trinidadian actor Stefan Kalipha in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

During the development of the film's original script, written by Jeffrey Boam, the Hatay Tank Gunner, along the Periscope Lieutenant and the Second Tank Crewman, was originally going to not exist in the story. Instead, the only Mark VII Tank occupants were originally going to be Walter Chandler (Walter Donovan in the final film) and the Hatay Tank Driver (apart from this, the interior of the Mark VII was originally intended not to be shown).[1][2]

Despite his pivotal role in the film either he nor the tank's driver appear in Rob MacGregor's novelization or the comic book as such. There, the tank's crew are (apparently) all Germans.

The Hatay Tank Gunner, along the tank's crew, didn't appear in LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Instead, Vogel appears to control the entire tank, because as the Hatay Sultan is absent from the story, any alliance between Germans and Hatayans is made. In the sequel, the Hatay Tank Gunner is also absent (and Vogel controls the entire tank again), because the alliance between the Hatayans and the Germans didn't occur, although the Hatay Sultan is a playable character (but he didn't appear in the game's story).

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