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%
10%
89%
0%
28
flagCzech Republic
0%
4%
85%
4%
21
flagSpain
3%
14%
81%
0%
27
flagDenmark
15%
0%
80%
5%
20
flagGermany
6%
15%
73%
2%
278
flagthe Netherlands
10%
14%
72%
2%
47
flagFrance
6%
11%
71%
8%
60
flagAustralia
12%
10%
71%
3%
56
flagthe United Kingdom
6%
16%
70%
4%
607
flagPoland
7%
18%
68%
4%
20681
flagUnknown
8%
17%
66%
6%
156
flagNorway
1%
20%
66%
8%
68
flagthe United States
13%
15%
63%
4%
781
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
17%
61%
5%
68
flagCanada
10%
20%
60%
4%
64
flagItaly
3%
36%
60%
0%
30
flagLithuania
15%
15%
55%
5%
20
flagUkraine
9%
38%
47%
4%
21
flagIndia
15%
25%
43%
12%
120
flagthe Philippines
33%
33%
25%
8%
24

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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