This is my current research project during lock down. An event that is little known outside Algeria now and my focus is on who helped the French authorities, not the wider context or issues involved. Perhaps someone here can help? Alistair Horne described Setif, Algeria, as “A Town of No Great Interest,” in his book ‘A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962’: To my astonishment US military forces were still present locally and Andrew Hussey wrote: From pgs. 152-156 in 'The French Intifada: The Long War between France and Its Arabs' by Andrew Hussey, pub. 2014. Professor Hussey has responded, and his account is based on three sources: One book is 'La guerre commence en Algérie' by Mohammed Harbi (Published 1954), and summarised (in English) by him here: Massacre in Algeria The second book is 'Le 8 mai 1945 en Algérie' by Ainad Tabet (Published 1985 or 1987) and no English translation was found. A third book is 'Algeria: France's Undeclared War' by Martin Evans (Pub. 2012), well reviewed and a copy is nearby, albeit in a nearby, closed university library. Research It appears that by May 1945 the Allied (UK & US) presence in Algeria was for rear area units. The only recorded base in Setif itself was British, used by the RAF, who had several maintenance units (MU) in Algeria maintaining and repairing aircraft, American and British, from the campaign in Italy. See: RAF Maintenance Unit 162 based at Setif and Blida 1943-5 and a few other scattered references to British Army units having been there. To my astonishment one account (written by Anthony Clayton, in 1992) cites an eyewitness, a South African officer commanding an infantry company in Setif town; from the 44th Infantry Battalion of the South African Air Force (converted from a Light Anti-Aircraft role in April 1944, then posted to Algeria to guard facilities and prevent theft). A slight mention of their history appears in: History and an advert: CPL JC HORNE-SAAF ACK ACK, AND 44 INF BRIGADE-SUEZ CANAL AND For Clayton's article see ‘The Setif Uprising of May 1945’ (pgs. 1-21) See: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09592319208423008?needAccess=true Dr. Clayton in his book ‘The Wars of French Decolonization’ (published 1994) refers on pgs. 30-33 to events in Setif; specifically, he refers to reinforcements being flown in and the use of half-tracks to move around in. From: https://www.google.co.uk/books/edition/The_Wars_of_French_Decolonization/UNcFBAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq="setif"+++"anthony+clayton"&pg=PA33&printsec=frontcover Clayton’s article in a footnote, reliant on a French military document refers to: The only Allied air transport unit identified as present in Algeria were South African too, the 28th Squadron, equipped with C-47 Skytrain (or DC-3 Dakota which could carry twenty-seven soldiers) and Anson aircraft (a smaller aircraft), for general transport duties throughout North Africa. From: No. 28 Squadron (SAAF) during the Second World War and The South African Air Force I get the impression that there were few, if any shared Anglo-US bases. I have failed to identify a US military base or presence in the town of Setif itself, although it is possible they were present elsewhere in the region.