I'm considering buying a copy of this book? Can any of our Dutch friends give me an idea of its quality and accuracy?
Schepen van de Koninklijke Marine in de tweede wereldoorlog (Dutch Edition) (Dutch) Hardcover – 1978
by L. L. von Munching (Author)
I have the book, they're quite common here in the Netherlands, so if you decide to get one, don't pay too much.
Up until the late 1970s, I can imagine there were very few books on the ships on the ships of the RNN (Vermeulen, Lenton), so Von Münching adds a little. Von Münching is considered an authority, so few mistakes I can find (not including information that came to light after his book came out) but not too much depth either.
Similar to Lenton's booklets in depth and detail, with B&W-photos. A5-size. Chris Mark's book has more detail and better photos (glossy A4), but also has its mistakes.
What all books lack are context: why did the RNN buy/build the ships did they did (from a strategical/tactical point of view), what were their strenghts & weaknesses, how did they hold up during wartime, was the design philosophy correct in retrospect, etc.
The definitive book on the ships of the RNN hasn't been written yet ... most insightful so far is Jaap Anten's book on the RNN Submarines (Navalisme ..).