A summary court-martial held in the field for trial of offenses committed during military operations or troop movements.
A summary trial held during military operations, without the usual level of protection for the rights of the accused.
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.