The Winds of War (miniseries)

The Winds of War (miniseries)
GenreHistorical novel-based
Created byDan Curtis
Written byHerman Wouk
Directed byDan Curtis
StarringRobert Mitchum
Ali MacGraw
Jan-Michael Vincent
John Houseman
Narrated byWilliam Woodson
Theme music composerRobert "Bob" Cobert
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes7
Producer(s)Dan Curtis
Production location(s)Germany
United Kingdom
United States
CinematographyCharles Correll and Stevan Larner, ASC
Editor(s)John F. Burnett
Bernard Gribble
Jack Tucker
Peter Zinner
Running time883 minutes
Production company(s)Dan Curtis Productions
Jadran Film
Paramount Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television
Original networkABC (US)
Original releaseFebruary 6 (1983-02-06) – February 13, 1983 (1983-02-13)
Followed byWar and Remembrance

The Winds of War is a 1983 miniseries, directed and produced by Dan Curtis, that follows the 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 this period. Adolf Hitler and the German military 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.[1]


The film follows the plot of Wouk's novel closely, depicting events from March 1939 until the entry of the United States into World War II in December 1941. It tells the story of Victor "Pug" Henry, and his family, and their relationships with a mixture of real people and fictional characters. Henry is a Naval Officer and friend of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.