This is an italian rsi (italian socialist republic) uniform patch. Existed in 1943-1945 as the german puppet state.
We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself. - Robert Leckie
the man is correct.
I believe that it is a badge of the G.I.L. (Gioventu' Italiana del Littorio) - the Italian Fascist youth movement. GIL was formed in 1937 to replace Opera Nazionale Balilla (ONB) and lasted until the dissolution of the Fascist state in 1943.
Photo is credited to Reparti Specializzati FIAT
Thank you all for your replies! I know what to research now. Regards, Bob