Who Dares, Wins
Who Dares, Wins (Latin: Qui audet adipiscitur; French: Qui ose gagne; Italian: Chi osa vince; Portuguese: Quem ousa, vence; German: Wer wagt, gewinnt) is a motto made popular by the British Special Air Service. It is normally credited to the founder of the SAS, David Stirling.
Among the SAS themselves it is sometimes humorously corrupted to:
“Who cares [who] wins?”.
May have a much earlier attribution from a medieval Arabic source recently translated:
The motto has been used by twelve elite special forces units around the world that in some way have historical ties to the British SAS.
An early statement of the idea is ‘τοῖς τολμῶσιν ἡ τύχη ξύμφορος’ (“fortune favours the bold”) from the Ancient Greek soldier and historian Thucydides.
War Grave from Jimmy Hall-Les Ormes
|United Kingdom||Special Air Service|
|Australia||Special Air Service Regiment|
|New Zealand||New Zealand Special Air Service|
|Hong Kong||Special Duties Unit|
|Tunisia||Unité Spéciale – Garde Nationale|
|France||1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment||French: 1er Régiment de Parachutistes d’Infanterie de Marine, 1er RPIMa: Former WWII French SAS squadrons (the 3rd & the 4th)|
|Rhodesia||Rhodesian Special Air Service||. ‘C Squadron (Rhodesia) Special Air Service’ Mil. Abbrev. ‘C Sqn SAS’. Later ‘Rhodesian Special Air Service Regiment’ in Kabrit Barracks, Salisbury (now Harare)|
|Greece||1st Raider/Paratrooper Brigade||Ο τολμών νικά (pronounced O tolmon nika)|
|Greece||Mountain Raider Companies||Ο τολμών νικά (pronounced O tolmon nika)|
|Cyprus||LOK||Ο τολμών νικά (pronounced O tolmon nika)|
|Israel||Sayeret Matkal, Shachak Armored Battalion (196th Battalion/460th Armored Brigade)||Hebrew: המעז מנצח. HaMe’ez Menatzeakh|
|Belgium||1st Parachutist Battalion||During the Second World War, many of its personnel were part of the British 5th Special Air Service and retained the SAS badge, motto and traditions.|