- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Obersturmführer (Lieutenant)
- Kommandeur 16.(Pioniere) / SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment “Deutschland” / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Das Reich” / Heeresgruppe B
- Awarded on:
- August 19th, 1944
Macher’s Oakleaves recommendation reads as follows…
“As commander of the 16./SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 3 ‘Deutschland’, SS-Obersturmführer Macher and his Kompanie have significantly contributed to the tactical successes of the Regiment in all past operations. In every situation Macher has distinguished himself outstandingly by his personal bravery and magnificent example, something which his men took their lead from. As a trainer for his men he has always understood the necessity of raising up especially motivated and daring soldiers and SS-men.
During the time period 09.-17.07.1944 the 16./SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 3 ‘Deutschland’ was employed as the ready reserve of Kampfgruppe Wisliceny. Over the course of these days the enemy conducted a total of 64 probes and attacks against the frontline of the Kampfgruppe, 53 of which were tank-supported. The enemy broke into the frontline a total of 37 times, and 37 times they were ultimately thrown back via counterthrusts.
Of these Macher carried out a total of 29 counterthrusts all on his own with a reserve from his Kompanie in strength of just one squad and the Kompanie HQ, personally leading these at the head of his men. Through prudent leadership and incredible boldness he always succeeded in ejecting the enemy from the German frontline.
It is largely to the credit of SS-Obersturmführer Macher that the position was held for the duration of the combat until it was ultimately abandoned. In the same manner Macher ensured by his rearguard actions that the withdrawal and occupation of a new line could be carried out without harassment.
The counterthrusts were carried out on the:
10.07.1944 09:15, 11:22, 12:17, 17:40, 19:32, 20:45
11.07.1944 10:37, 16:12, 18:28
12.07.1944 15:20, 15:55, 17:42, 19:10
13.07.1944 08:20, 10:25, 12:15
15.07.1944 09:18, 11:05, 13:55, 18:42, 20:10
16.07.1944 13:25, 15:50
17.07.1944 18:30, 19:25, 21:10, 22:00, 22:55
Only as a result of the tough and consistent personal actions of Macher were these successful engagements made possible. The things he accomplished were exceptional.”