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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flagDenmark
5%
0%
88%
5%
17
flagSweden
0%
13%
86%
0%
23
flagCzech Republic
0%
5%
85%
5%
20
flagSpain
4%
18%
77%
0%
22
flagthe Netherlands
6%
13%
76%
2%
43
flagAustria
5%
17%
76%
0%
17
flagGermany
6%
14%
73%
2%
236
flagAustralia
12%
12%
70%
4%
41
flagthe United Kingdom
6%
17%
68%
4%
504
flagFrance
8%
13%
68%
6%
45
flagPoland
7%
19%
67%
4%
17873
flagItaly
3%
30%
65%
0%
26
flagNorway
1%
20%
64%
9%
62
flagthe United States
13%
15%
63%
4%
620
flagRepublic of Ireland
13%
16%
62%
4%
61
flagCanada
8%
19%
62%
5%
56
flagLithuania
18%
12%
56%
0%
16
flagUU
15%
17%
54%
13%
46
flagIndia
15%
25%
41%
13%
106
flagthe Philippines
36%
21%
31%
10%
19

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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