The Winds of War

The Winds of War is a miniseries from 1983 based upon the novel by Herman Wouk. The main cast includes Robert Mitchum as Victor Henry (Pug), Ali MacGraw as Natalie Jastrow, Jan-Michael Vincent as Byron Henry (Briny), John Houseman as Aaron Jastrow, Polly Bergen as Rhoda Henry and Peter Graves as Palmer Kirby (Fred).

The story closely follows and depicts events during 1939 until when the United States entered into World War II in 1941. Also covered were many of the major global events that took place during the period.

Adolf Hitler and the German forces staff and fictitious general von Roon were major characters. Also included were documentary footage segments that were narrated by William Woodson to explain important characters and major events.

During the chaos of the war, Commander Victor (Pug) Henry (played by Robert Mitchum) finds himself in the midst of it with his entire family. Pug advances to become President Roosevelt's naval attache in Germany, winding up in a conference with the notoriously dangerous Adolf Hitler.

Pug also embarks upon a journey to England at the height of all that is happening. He falls for an Englishwoman called Pamala Tudsbury (played by Victoria Tennant). As a result, Rhoda, his wife (played by Polly Bergen) throws herself into a torrid affair with Palmer Kirby (played by Peter Graves) who is a prominent nuclear physicist.

At the same time, Pug's son Warren (played by Ben Murphy) works as a Pacific naval pilot and Byron, his younger son (played by Jan-Michael Vincent) has been deployed to Europe. He has fallen in love with the very free minded Natalie (played by Ali MacGraw) who is the niece of an acclaimed Jewish author named Aaron Jastrow (played by John Houseman).

As time goes on, Pug finds that he is becoming further embroiled in the growing chaos of the war as he goes to Russia and must confront even more war horrors at the battle front.

ABC
1 Season, 7 Episodes
February 6, 1983
Drama, Military & War, Mini-Series
8.2/10
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Houseman
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The Winds of War
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The Winds of War Full Episode Guide

  • After smoothing things over with the Russians and their State dinner guests, Henry receives command of a battleship and reports to Pearl Harbor.

  • Henry is assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, where he meets up with Pamela again. Meanwhile, Byron is reunited with his siblings at Pearl Harbor.

  • Henry's time with Pamela is cut short when he's ordered to return to Washington. Meanwhile, Rhoda spends the night at a country inn with Palmer Kirby.

  • President Roosevelt sends Henry to London to report back on the British, but while there he finds himself spending a lot of time with Pamela.

  • With banker Luigi Gianelli in tow, Commander Henry heads off to Italy to see if Italian dictator Il Duce will meet with a peace envoy.

  • Henry impresses the president during a meeting in Washington, but he soon becomes concerned when he learns that Madeline is living in New York.

  • While en route to the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Commander Henry and his wife meet their shipmates, including General Von Roon and journalist Pamela.

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