- Second World War (1939-1945)
- SS-Hauptsturmführer (Captain)
- Führer I. / SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 19 / 9.SS-Panzer-Division "Hohenstaufen"
- Awarded on:
- October 16th, 1944
Borchers’ Knight’s Cross recommendation reads as follows…
“The Regiment’s battle plan envisioned the capture of the 1st attack objective (May sur Orne) with the I. Bataillon being positioned forward on the left and the II. and III. Bataillon being staggered towards the rear on the right. From there the attack would be carried on to St. Martin, wherein the I. and II. Bataillon would be in the forward echelon with the III. Bataillon staggered to the right. Enemy artillery blocking fire and air attacks during the approach march and the battle itself meant that the initial attacks by II. and III. Bataillon did not come to fruition.
I. Bataillon, on the other hand, managed to boldly recapture May sur Orne. After this the commander of the Bataillon, SS-Hauptsturmführer Borchers, made the bold and independent decision to immediately press on with the attack without waiting for the II. Bataillon to catch up. Although his right and left flanks were now fully open Borchers led his Regiment through the enemy blocking fire at the head of his men. They entered into St. Martin following hard close combat and firmly established themselves there. All enemy counterthrusts (some of which had tank support) were repulsed.
The swift attainment of St. Martin and the associated creation of a secure left flank for the Regiment was decisive for the future course of the attack. This success is attributable to the personal decisiveness, exemplary bravery and purposeful leadership of the commander of I. Bataillon.”