It might be thought that the introduction of nuclear weapons created a wholly unprecedented situation rendering all previous strategic theories and concepts immediately obsolete. In fact such a demarcation line is hard to establish. The concepts with which nuclear weapons were first understood were derived from a prior era; many of the post-1945 debates were, in essence, continuations of those of pre-war days. The main link was provided by the doctrine of strategic bombardment, which assumed that the most effective use of aircraft was to attack the social and industrial heart of the enemy, so producing internal collapse and obviating the need for a traditional battlefield victory. Support for this doctrine grew with the quality of aircraft performance and also out of the desire to avoid a repetition of the murderous stalemate of the Great War.
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