How did trench warfare spark inventions and innovations in weaponry from the beginning of the first world war till the end?
Due to the constant change in trench warfare and technological advancements, new weapons and tools had to be created to be given the upper hand. All fronts were making developments and they were on ‘the same level of advancement’ for most of the time. When the gas was introduced by the Germans it gave them a huge advantage for a short period of time until the other forces also started using it. The spark was like a butterfly effect: if one country had made an advancement, then the other countries had to make an advancement to be able to keep up and not be completely overthrown by the weaponry of someone else. The only thing that separated a front was the weapons; even though the weapons had the same purpose, they were slightly different and had slightly different characteristics.