Listening to various podcast, professor Emeritus Charles Esdaile - always points out that the Allies did not do so badly (where I agree) and that in the Revolutionary Wars - he comes to 21 battles, 14 French wins, and of those Bonaparte had an important part - and that without him the Armies of the French Republic would look to be so much poorer.
Of course it is always difficult to say what is a battle and what is a clash, I feel I could have made the number bigger, but stayed more on the conservative, my main source was Napoleonic Wars Data Book by Digby Smith.
Also I just covered the years 1800 to 1796 - and I already arrived at 30 battles.
Here my findings
18003rd of May – Engen and StockachMoreau versus Kray victory Moreau5th of May – MöskirchMoreau versus Kray victory Moreau18th of June – MarengoBonaparte versus Melas victory Bonaparte3rd of December – HohenlindenMoreau versus Erzherzog Johann victory Moreau179925th / 26th of March – StockachJourdan versus Erzherzog Karl victory Jourdan5th of April – MagnanoSchérer versus Kray victory Kray27th /28th of April – Vapio and CassanoMoreau versus Suvorov victory Suvorov4th of June – 1st ZürichMasséna versus Erzherzog Karl victory Karl17th /20th of June – TrebbiaMacdonald versus Suvorov victory Suvorov20th of June – Cassina GrassaMoreau versus Bellegarde victory Moreau15th of August – NoviJoubert versus Suvorov victory Suvorov19th of September - BergenBrune versus Duke of York victory Brune25th / 26th – 2nd ZürichMasséna versus Korsakov victory Masséna2nd October – Egmond – aan – ZeeBrune versus York victory York6th of October – CastricumBrune versus York victory Brune4th of November – GenolaChampionnet versus Melas victory Championnet179714th / 15th of January – RivoliBonaparte versus Wurmser victory Bonaparte16th of January – La FavoritaBonaparte versus Wurmser victory Bonaparte17969th of July – Malsch / EttlingenMoreau versus Erzherzog Karl victory Moreau2nd / 3rd of August LonatoBonaparte versus Quesdanovich victory Bonaparte5th of August – CastiglioneBonaparte versus Wurmser victory Bonaparte11th of August – NeeresheimMoreau versus Erzherzog Karl victory Moreau24th of August – AmbergJourdan versus Erzherzog Karl victory Karl3rd of September – WürzburgJourdan versus Erzherzog Karl victory Karl2nd of October - BiberachMoreau versus Latour victory Moreau19th of October – EmmendingenMoreau versus Erzherzog Karl victory Karl24th of October SchliengenMoreau versus Erzherzog Karl victory Karl12th of November – CaldieroBonaparte versus Allvintzy victory Allvintzy defeat Bonaparte15th / 17th of November – ArcoleBonaparte versus Allvintzy victory Bonapart
In case I did count correctly 19 French wins against 11 Allied ones, Moreau beats Boney with 7 to 6 victories.
So would the French Republic need Bonaparte to stay victorious? Not in my view, the Republic had a talented pool of highly successful generals - while there is no stellar opponent, yes Erzherzog Karl is playing a predominant role, as well as Suvorov, but then???
Is Charles Esdaile creating a myth himself 😉 ?
In case we would go back to 1792 the list of battles would be much longer.