The Winds of War (1983): S01E03 – Cataclysm


The Winds of War is a 1983 miniseries, directed and produced by Dan Curtis, that follows the 1971 book of the same name written by Herman Wouk.

Just as in the book, in addition to the lives of the Henry and Jastrow families, much time in the miniseries is devoted to the major global events of the early years of World War II. Adolf Hitler and the German General Staff, with the fictitious general Armin von Roon as a major character, is a prominent subplot of the miniseries. The Winds of War also includes segments of documentary footage, narrated by William Woodson, to explain major events and important characters.

It was followed by a sequel, War and Remembrance, in 1988, also based on a novel written by Wouk and also directed and produced by Curtis.


Pug Henry accompanies American banker Luigi Gianelli on a diplomatic mission to Italy to see if Il Duce will meet with a peace envoy. The Italian dictator agrees but when the same approach is made to Hitler, he declines. Pug’s wife Rhoda is bored out of her mind living in Berlin and is thrilled when they are invited for a hunting weekend to the home of an ultra-rich banker, Wolf Stoller. Pug is aware however that Stoller has made his fortune by forcing Jews to sells their businesses for only a fraction of their value. The German invasion of Western Europe in the …

The Winds of War Series

You can find a full index and overview of The Winds of War here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 08 February 1983.
  • Running time: 883 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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