Origin of drumhead court-martialfrom the former use of a drum as the judges' table
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Origin of drumhead court-martialSo called because it was sometimes held around a drumhead
(plural drumhead court-martials)
- (military) A court-martial held in the field to hear urgent charges of offences committed in action.
Perhaps because a drumhead had to be used as a meeting point or an improvised writing table.