I have a 2003 diesel and it does have a hand crank in the engine room (enclosure?), but I dont think I could ever imagine starting it with only the crank. I have used the crank to turn the engine over for maintenance items such as valve adjustments, but never tried to start it. Hmmmmmmmm that might be a challenge!
Keep in mind that a compression kick back can break your arm! I do not recommend any one using the hand crank to try to start the Engine. That crank is supposed to be used to set valves and do work on the engine since you cant get to the flywheel.
Use the cold start recommendation or get bigger battery's or more of them. I have 2 and 2 battery's.