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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flagCzech Republic
0%
4%
86%
4%
22
flagDenmark
13%
4%
77%
4%
22
flagSweden
5%
15%
75%
5%
40
flagSpain
6%
18%
75%
0%
33
flagGermany
6%
14%
74%
3%
350
flagFrance
6%
11%
72%
8%
62
flagthe Netherlands
11%
12%
72%
3%
54
flagSwitzerland
8%
16%
72%
4%
25
flagthe United Kingdom
6%
15%
70%
4%
705
flagNorway
1%
18%
70%
6%
86
flagPoland
7%
17%
69%
4%
27069
flagAustralia
13%
13%
69%
2%
68
flagUnknown
6%
18%
67%
8%
1528
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
17%
64%
5%
78
flagthe United States
12%
15%
63%
4%
882
flagItaly
3%
36%
60%
0%
30
flagCanada
11%
21%
59%
4%
71
flagBelgium
4%
39%
43%
8%
23
flagIndia
16%
24%
41%
12%
131
flagthe Philippines
31%
31%
24%
10%
29

Gender

men70%
women63%
to track the movement of tanks
6%
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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