The Second Tank Crewman was one of the many Nazi soldiers who participated during the Nazi effort to find the Holy Grail in 1938. He served as a crew member of the tank commanded by Colonel Ernst Vogel.
During the battle at the Canyon of the Crescent Moon, the Second Tank Crewman served as vigilante to watch that Henry Walton Jones, Senior and Marcus Brody did not escape from the tank. Holding Professor Henry Jones and Marcus Brody hostage, 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 managed to come to his senses 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 aquire the gun. Holding Jones at gunpoint, the soldier had the upper advantage until he was knocked out again by Brody who bashed him on the head with a tank shell. The man reflexively fired the gun and the richocheting bullet struck the tank driver dead; in the process inadverdently saving the life of the younger Jones who was hanging on for life at the edge of the tank. The still-unconscious soldier ended up losing his life when the tank plunged off a cliff, killing him along the Periscope Lieutenant and Ernst Vogel.
Behind the scenesEdit
During the development of the film's original script, written by Jeffrey Boam, the Second Tank Crewman, along the Hatay Tank Gunner and the Periscope Lieutenant, 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).
The Second Tank Crewman, along the Mark VII Tank's crew, didn't appear in LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Instead, Ernst Vogel controls the entire tank himself. In the video game's sequel, the Second Tank Crewman is als absent, because as in the previosus game, Vogel controls the entire tank again.