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
flagSweden
5%
11%
80%
2%
36
flagSpain
3%
16%
80%
0%
31
flagDenmark
13%
4%
77%
4%
22
flagSwitzerland
4%
16%
75%
4%
24
flagGermany
6%
15%
72%
3%
325
flagFrance
6%
11%
72%
8%
62
flagthe Netherlands
10%
14%
72%
4%
50
flagAustralia
12%
12%
71%
3%
66
flagthe United Kingdom
6%
15%
70%
4%
675
flagPoland
7%
18%
69%
4%
25859
flagNorway
1%
20%
68%
7%
80
flagUnknown
6%
18%
67%
7%
1425
flagthe United States
12%
15%
64%
4%
841
flagRepublic of Ireland
10%
18%
63%
5%
77
flagItaly
3%
36%
60%
0%
30
flagCanada
11%
22%
58%
4%
68
flagBelgium
4%
39%
43%
8%
23
flagIndia
15%
25%
42%
12%
124
flagthe Philippines
32%
32%
21%
10%
28

Gender

men71%
women63%
to track the movement of tanks
6%
7%
to identify the tanks re-captured by Germans
15%
23%
to estimate total tanks production
71%
64%
to take part in the "Top tank killer" contest
7%
4%

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