Drumhead-court-martial meaning

(military) A court-martial held in the field to hear urgent charges of offences committed in action.
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A summary court-martial held in the field for trial of offenses committed during military operations or troop movements.
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A summary trial held during military operations, without the usual level of protection for the rights of the accused.
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Origin of drumhead-court-martial

  • So called because it was sometimes held around a drumhead

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps because a drumhead had to be used as a meeting point or an improvised writing table.

    From Wiktionary