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%
11%
88%
0%
26
flagCzech Republic
0%
5%
85%
5%
20
flagDenmark
11%
0%
83%
5%
18
flagSpain
4%
17%
78%
0%
23
flagAustria
5%
16%
77%
0%
18
flagSwitzerland
0%
17%
76%
5%
17
flagthe Netherlands
8%
13%
75%
2%
45
flagGermany
6%
14%
74%
2%
258
flagFrance
7%
11%
70%
7%
51
flagAustralia
12%
10%
70%
4%
47
flagthe United Kingdom
7%
16%
69%
4%
550
flagPoland
7%
18%
68%
4%
18819
flagNorway
1%
20%
65%
9%
63
flagthe United States
13%
15%
63%
4%
658
flagUnknown
10%
17%
63%
8%
80
flagRepublic of Ireland
12%
15%
63%
4%
63
flagCanada
8%
19%
63%
5%
57
flagItaly
3%
35%
60%
0%
28
flagIndia
16%
25%
41%
12%
112
flagthe Philippines
34%
30%
26%
8%
23

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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