Scheister is a veteran panzergrenadier from the battle hardened 2nd panzer division. during the creation of frundsberg's panzergrenadier regiments, scheister was brought in to help train the new cadre. during training he was reprimanded for allowing new recruits to smoke while on duty. he was offered the choice of court-martial or demotion of rank. he chose to take a demotion but also requested a transfer to combat duty. he was assigned to 3. kompanie and arrived with a sack full of local french cigarettes that he shared with his new kamerads, even the ones on duty.