What weapon was most responsible for starting trench warfare? Why?WW1

What weapon was most responsible for starting trench warfare? Why?WW1

What weapon was most responsible for starting trench warfare? Why?WW1

What weapon was most responsible for starting trench warfare? Why?WW1

In agreeing with the previous post, the machine gun played a vital role in developing the trench warfare approach and mentality.  The idea that lines were established and there was a section of “no man’s land” where neither side could tread unless risking being shot was because of the rapid fire nature of the machine gun.  No other weapon would have been able to create this zone where crossing meant absolute death.  Traditional rifles took too long to load and other weapons lacked the precise and efficient nature of the machine gun.  The idea of also being hunkered down in a trench, waiting for the enemy to cross could only have been accomplished with a machine gun.
What weapon was most responsible for starting trench warfare? Why?WW1