Alleged Monty quote

This passage appears on the Wikipedia page for Field Marshal Harold Alexander, 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis:

Montgomery, who was both a long-time friend and subordinate of Alexander in Sicily and Italy, said of him, " not a strong commander...the higher art of war is quite beyond him." He advised his US counterparts, Mark Clark and George S. Patton, to ignore any orders from Alexander with which they did not agree.
See here:,_1st_Earl_Alexander_of_Tunis

I can't find this dubious quote anywhere else on the internet or in any books indexed by Google book search.

Of course, if true, it appears to give Mark Clark a get out of jail free card for his march on Rome. However, I smell something fishy - and I'm not talking about the contents of Baldrick's apple crumble.

Any substance to this assertion?

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