During World War II, the 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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flagCzech Republic
0%
4%
83%
8%
24
flagDenmark
12%
4%
80%
4%
25
flagSwitzerland
10%
10%
76%
4%
50
flagSweden
4%
12%
76%
6%
47
flagSpain
5%
16%
75%
2%
37
flagGermany
5%
13%
74%
3%
373
flagFrance
6%
10%
73%
7%
64
flagthe Netherlands
9%
11%
72%
4%
62
flagthe United Kingdom
6%
15%
71%
4%
756
flagNorway
1%
19%
70%
6%
88
flagPoland
6%
17%
69%
4%
28722
flagAustralia
13%
13%
68%
2%
74
flagUnknown
6%
18%
67%
8%
1607
flagthe United States
12%
15%
64%
4%
952
flagRepublic of Ireland
9%
18%
63%
6%
83
flagCanada
10%
18%
63%
3%
80
flagItaly
3%
36%
60%
0%
30
flagBelgium
4%
40%
44%
8%
25
flagIndia
17%
23%
42%
11%
150
flagthe Philippines
30%
30%
23%
13%
30

Gender

men70%
women63%
to track the movement of tanks
5%
7%
to identify the tanks re-captured by Germans
15%
23%
to estimate total tanks production
70%
63%
to take part in the "Top tank killer" contest
7%
4%

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