2009
08.25

Published: 24 Aug 2009

The secret behind the new black bear insignia of the legendary B Squadron of the “Who Dares Wins” SAS regiment can be revealed today.
It dates back more than 50 years to when the unit was fighting terrorists in the Malayan jungle.

An SAS trooper, Peter Thompson, now 72, found a baby black bear after putting his hand in a suspicious hole while on patrol in 1958.

He adopted the cub, naming it Chieftain, after natives said its mother would kill it because of human scent.

When B squadron veterans, whose roll-call includes Bravo Two Zero heroes Andy McNab and Chris Ryan, were going through Squadron archives two years ago they came across an account of Chieftain’s “service”.

They decided to use the bear motif on several different kinds of Squadron memorabilia.

Go here to read the full article in The Sun