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Jenny's War 

PG | | Drama, War | TV Mini-Series (1985)
This fact-based story follows a woman who launches a rescue of her Royal Air Force pilot son, who was shot down over Germany in 1941. Getting no help from the underground, she sets up her own rescue mission.






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Complete series cast summary:
Dyan Cannon ...  Jenny Baines 4 episodes, 1985
Elke Sommer ...  Eva Gruenberg 4 episodes, 1985
Robert Hardy ...  Klein 4 episodes, 1985
Patrick Ryecart ...  Steinhardt 4 episodes, 1985
Nigel Hawthorne ...  Colonel 4 episodes, 1985
Christopher Cazenove ...  Capt. Preston 4 episodes, 1985
Richard Todd ...  Gen. Benjamin Cutler 4 episodes, 1985
Hartmut Becker ...  Karl Koenig 4 episodes, 1985
John Moulder-Brown 4 episodes, 1985
Sion Tudor Owen 4 episodes, 1985
Denis Lill Denis Lill ...  Johns 4 episodes, 1985
Nicholas Courtney ...  Medical Officer 4 episodes, 1985
Garfield Morgan ...  Wilford 4 episodes, 1985
Michael Elphick ...  Schumann 4 episodes, 1985
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ...  Col. Weiss 4 episodes, 1985
Philip Stone ...  Padre 4 episodes, 1985
Hugh Grant ...  Peter Baines 4 episodes, 1985
Tim Bannerman Tim Bannerman ...  Higgins 4 episodes, 1985
Mick Ford ...  Paddy 4 episodes, 1985
Jeremy Bulloch ...  Schroeder 4 episodes, 1985
Erika Hoffman Erika Hoffman ...  Gerta 4 episodes, 1985
Sam Kelly ...  Bromley 4 episodes, 1985
Michael Poole Michael Poole ...  Russian Prisoner 4 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Coy ...  Sgt. Mitchell 4 episodes, 1985
Frank Jarvis Frank Jarvis ...  Sgt. Davies 4 episodes, 1985
Iain Rattray Iain Rattray ...  German Officer 4 episodes, 1985
Ben Howard Ben Howard ...  Corporal 4 episodes, 1985
Christopher Merrick Christopher Merrick ...  British Soldier 4 episodes, 1985
David Milner David Milner ...  Pvt. Smith 4 episodes, 1985
Richard Driscoll Richard Driscoll ...  Stanson 4 episodes, 1985
Gerald Home Gerald Home ...  Passport Official 4 episodes, 1985


This fact-based story follows a woman who launches a rescue of her Royal Air Force pilot son, who was shot down over Germany in 1941. Getting no help from the underground, she sets up her own rescue mission.

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Release Date:

1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jenny harca See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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Nicholas Courtney was first interviewed for the part of the Colonel. See more »


References Force 10 from Navarone (1978) See more »


I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed at the POW stage show
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Based on Florence Barrington
14 February 2018 | by kameljoe21-1See all my reviews

Sergeant Winston Barrington RAF Was her son. She was an english woman who married a highly decorated Luftwaffe Officer. She moved to Muhlburg after hearing of her son's capture. Her husband pulled strings to get Winston out on parole once a week to visit her. When news of the Red Army approaching, Winston became concerned as to the knowledge of the Russians who would repeatable rape woman and became concerned for his mother. After some time Florence consulted the camp's escape committee to allow her in to the camp. She was then smuggled in to the camp until it was liberated in April of 1945. She was smuggled in to camp using old battle dress uniform and hair cut during a returning work detail. Her name was changed to Jenny for security reason by the camp's escape committee. That is the basic knowledge of what I know about this, This is one of my favorite rare films. It is hard to find details regarding this. Here is part of a news clipping. Son in the RAF Husband in the Luftwaffe

Winston Barrington fought with the RAF during the war. His step-father fought with the Luftwaffe. Winston Barrington today is recovering from his ordeal in the German prisoner of war camp. His step-father is in a prisoner of war camp in England. The story was told me to today by Mrs Florence Barrington, Winston's mother. Mrs Barrington disguised herself as a British soldier POW - donned battledress and cut her hair short - so that she could be near her son while he was a prisoner. "My first husband was English and his name was Barrington" Mrs Barrington told me, "I was born in Durham. We had a son, Winston who was at school in Purley. In 1933 my husband died."

In German Bombers. "Later I met my second husband, a German, Helmuth ... he gave me skiing lessons in the Black Forest. We married and in 1935 I went to Germany for good. When war came, my son joined the RAF and my husband was drafted into the Luftwaffe. He made many trips over England in German bombers. It was his job to take pictures from the air. Then I learned my son was a POW at Muhlberg. The Commandant let me see him alone. My son said, Mummy darling, you're as pretty as ever. We both cried...

Then my son met my husband and they laughed and joked like old times. Helmuth was a Luftwaffe lieutenant. I got a British battledress from the boys, a red Paratroop beret and cropped my hair short."

Her cubby-hole. "Eventually I moved in altogether and lived in a cubby hole in a storeroom. But the boys in the know picketed the storeroom and if any strangers came near I hid until they had gone. They treated me like a queen and brought me my breakfast in the morning. I listened to the BBC and copied down the news. In the camp I became Edward Solway no. 403457. Born in Newcastle. Age 21. Captured in 1942. Solway was the name of a boy who escaped. Sometimes, my heart in my big boots, I had to answer roll-calls."

20 mile march. "When the Russians liberated the camp we had to march 20 miles. Mercifully it rained and I was able to pull a greatcoat over my head. We lined up before an American officer. My son said, "This is my Mother". The American was friendly and courteous. Three days later I was flying back to England, a few airplane trips behind my son."

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