A drumhead court-martial is a court-martial that happens on the battlefield to hear important charges of crimes that happened during the battle.
Origins[change | change source]
The earliest recorded use is in an English memoir of the Peninsular War (1807). The term sometimes is similar to summary justice. It has an implied lack of judicial neutrality, as noted in the transcripts of the trial at Nuremberg of Josef Bühler.
References[change | change source]
- Definition from Brewer's Dictionary
- 'Court martial, n. 1.b. drumhead court-martial', Oxford English Dictionary Online (2009), citing Sir Charles Shaw, Personal memoirs and correspondence, comprising a narrative of the war ... in Portugal and Spain (1837), II, 449.
- Transcript Archived 2020-01-03 at the Wayback Machine at the Nizkor project