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%
14%
85%
0%
21
flagCzech Republic
0%
5%
85%
5%
20
flagDenmark
7%
0%
85%
7%
14
flagthe Netherlands
7%
13%
78%
0%
38
flagSpain
4%
18%
77%
0%
22
flagAustria
5%
17%
76%
0%
17
flagGermany
6%
14%
73%
3%
226
flagAustralia
12%
12%
70%
4%
41
flagthe United Kingdom
7%
16%
68%
4%
457
flagPoland
7%
19%
67%
4%
16940
flagCanada
10%
20%
66%
4%
50
flagFrance
9%
14%
66%
7%
42
flagItaly
3%
30%
65%
0%
26
flagthe United States
13%
15%
62%
4%
585
flagRepublic of Ireland
13%
16%
62%
3%
59
flagLithuania
20%
13%
60%
0%
15
flagNorway
1%
24%
59%
11%
54
flagIndia
15%
25%
42%
14%
100
flagBelgium
6%
37%
37%
12%
16
flagthe Philippines
40%
20%
33%
6%
15

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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