Hermann Borchers

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Hermann Borchers
Born 5 December 1910
Wendhausen, Germany
Died 31 August 1974 (1974-09-01) (aged 63)
Allegiance  Nazi Germany
Service/branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Years of service 1934–45
Rank Sturmbannführer
Unit 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
Relations Walter Borchers (brother)
Adolf Borchers (brother)

Hermann Borchers (5 December 1910 – 31 August 1974) was a Sturmbannführer (Storm Unit Leader/Major) in the Waffen SS during World War II. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross, which was awarded to recognize extreme battlefield bravery or successful military leadership by Nazi Germany during World War II.

Early life[edit]

Hermann Borchers was born on 5 December 1910, in Wendhausen near Lüneburg. He joined the SA on 1 November 1928. He volunteered to join the SS-VT in August 1934 (SS number 257.879) and was posted to the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler and in March 1935 joined the NSDAP (party number 257.879). Selected to become an officer, he was posted to the SS-Junkerschule in Braunschweig in June 1936. After graduation he was transferred to the staff of the Reichsführer-SS in May 1937, and served in the Schutzpolizei in Lübeck being promoted to Leutnant. In May 1938 he was sent to the Police School at Berlin Köpenick.

World War II[edit]

In March 1940 he married Elfriede Lifka and they had a son who was born in December 1940.

In February 1941, he was given command of a company in the 26th Polizei Regiment in Norway and took part in the formation of the Hird Battalion created to guard Soviet and Serbian prisoners of war.

In August 1942 he returned to Germany and was assigned to training the police and the SS Motorised Reserve Battalion and remained in that role until February 1943. He was given command of a company in the 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen. In July 1944 he was appointed battalion commander. He was promoted to Hauptsturmführer and awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross following the fighting in Normandy.

Post war[edit]

Borchers died on 31 August 1974, in Berlin.



  1. ^ According to Scherzer as leader of the I./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 19.[2]



  1. ^ Fellgiebel 2000, p. 140.
  2. ^ Scherzer 2007, p. 235.


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