by MAC WILLIAM BISHOP
Part Two in a Series
NEAR DIJON, FRANCE — The assault team advanced in a line, stacked up behind the point man.
He was carrying a 60-pound shield capable of stopping rounds from a Kalashnikov-style assault rifle, equipped with a sophisticated infrared camera and viewscreen.
Behind him was a line of men with weapons at the ready, raindrops glistening on the barrels of their customized assault rifles.
Despite their heavy body armor, the officers were taking no risks. Lining up behind the shield allowed the team to expose as little of themselves as possible: a bulletproof python bristling with automatic weapons, lights and sensors.