The Winds of War (1983): S01E07 – Into the Maelstrom


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.


Still assigned to the US Embassy in Moscow, Pug Henry saves the day when friction rises between the Russian hosts and their visitors at a State dinner. In return, Stalin agrees to greater cooperation with the US. He also agrees to let Pug visit the front lines. Pug is not so sure about the visit when he learns that Pamela Tudsbury and her father will be accompanying him. Pug finally receives orders to command a battleship and is ordered to report to Pearl Harbour. En route, he meets Byron in Manila where they visit their old home and reminisce about their days there….

The Winds of War Series

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 13 February 1983.
  • Running time: 883 minutes (total running time).
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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