My understanding of WW1 is that it began when Germany, expecting a two front war with Russia and France, decided to take the French out of the game early on with a rapid hook a la Schliffen Plan allowing them to concentrate on the Russians. Unfortunately this involved invading neutral (and plucky) Belgium which drew us into the conflict and the BEF halted their advance at Mons. A line of trenches immediately sprung up (down?) between Switzerland and the Channel setting the scene for an industrial war of attrition which Germany subsequently lost. The end finally came in 1918 when the Germans launched a huge push which, when it failed, left them a spent force with no choice other than abject surrender. My question is what, by 1917\18 with hostilities in the East having ended, was the actual German war aim? If their final push had succeded, which it certainly could have, leaving the Allied forces defeated in the field, what were they planning next? Was it the subjugation of France with an eye on invading the UK - Hitler stylee - followed by world domination or were they just hoping to slope off home undefeated?