During World War II, Allies recorded the serial numbers of captured German tanks' gearboxes. Why?

to track the movement of tanks
to identify the tanks re-captured by Germans
to estimate total tanks production
to take part in the "Top tank killer" contest
The allies found out, that the gearbox numbers fell in two unbroken se­quences, so large pro­duc­tion resulted in influx of large serial numbers. Today, the problem of es­ti­mat­ing the maximum of a discrete uniform dis­tri­bu­tion from sampling without re­place­men­t, is known - in the En­glish-s­peak­ing world - as the German tank problem.

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to track the movement of tanks
to identify the tanks re-captured by Germans
to estimate total tanks production
to take part in the "Top tank killer" contest
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flagSweden
0%
11%
88%
0%
26
flagCzech Republic
0%
4%
85%
4%
21
flagSpain
4%
16%
79%
0%
24
flagAustria
5%
16%
77%
0%
18
flagGermany
6%
15%
73%
2%
272
flagthe Netherlands
10%
14%
72%
2%
47
flagFrance
7%
11%
71%
7%
52
flagAustralia
13%
9%
71%
3%
52
flagthe United Kingdom
6%
16%
69%
4%
593
flagPoland
7%
18%
68%
4%
20151
flagUnknown
9%
18%
66%
6%
131
flagNorway
1%
20%
66%
8%
68
flagthe United States
12%
15%
63%
4%
754
flagRepublic of Ireland
12%
18%
62%
4%
66
flagCanada
9%
20%
61%
4%
62
flagItaly
3%
37%
58%
0%
29
flagLithuania
15%
15%
55%
5%
20
flagIndia
15%
25%
42%
12%
119
flagBelgium
5%
38%
38%
11%
18
flagthe Philippines
34%
30%
26%
8%
23

Gender

men74%
women64%
to track the movement of tanks
5%
7%
to identify the tanks re-captured by Germans
14%
23%
to estimate total tanks production
74%
64%
to take part in the "Top tank killer" contest
5%
4%

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