Yom Kippur, 1973

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Key issues

  • Explain the causes, events and results of the 1973 (Yom Kippur) war

Key themes, concepts and processes:

  • The key consequences of the 1967 war
  • Anwar Sadat’s aims in 1973
  • Arab attack on Israel on Yom Kippur (1973)
  • Reasons for early Arab success and eventual Israeli recovery
  • Effects of the war and the emergence of a peace process


  • Hodder, pp. 30-33
  • Edexcel Textbook
  • O’Brien Browne, ‘The Arab-Israeli War of 1973: Honor, Oil and Blood’, in Military History Quarterly, December, 2015.
  • Dan Snow documentary on Yom Kippur on ClickView
  • Yom Kippur, 1973
    1. Watch BBC Bitesize video and explain the significance of Anwar Sadat during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Was he a higher achiever than Nasser?
    2. Individual task. Using two of the following methods summarise the key features of the 1973 war (Yom Kippur):
      • Mind map
      • Bullet points
      • Cartoon strip
      • Story board
    3. Paired task: Compare and contrast the wars of 1967 and 1973 using Ven diagrams for
      • Causes
      • Events
      • Results
      • Reasons for outcome
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