In recent years, though, the Turkish government has minimized Ataturk’s role in the battle—part of an orchestrated campaign to rewrite history. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), a socially conservative movement with deep Islamic roots, has spun the battle as a victory for Islam. . . .This is from an interesting article by in Smithsonian magazine by Joshua Hammer. From this I also learned that no less an authority on generalship than George Patton wrote a report on the battle for the U.S. Army, in which he concluded that the leadership provided by Kemal and German commander Otto Liman von Sanders made all the difference:
The government buses hundreds of thousands of Turks to the battlefield to present its version of Ottoman-era glory. “They are selling this as a religious victory now,” Kenan Celik tells me as we walk around the Turkish War Memorial, a monolithic archway surrounded by Turkish flags, overlooking Cape Helles at the southern end of the peninsula. “They’re telling people, ‘We won this by the hand of God,’ rather than with German help,” Celik says.
Had the two sets of commanders changed sides, the landing would have been as great a success as it was a dismal failure.