DSC File Resource Recurse directory description is wrong
The documentation for the DSC File Resource states that the Recurse is a) only valid for directories and b) only for sub-directories. This would imply that any files in a SourcePath would be copied. However, they are not. $Recurse has to be $true to pull files. If not, it just makes sure the directory exists.
However, this requires that I have the whole recursive directory kept on my sourcepath as well vs. just a few files.
I’ve filed an internal bug for this, but in the future you can submit issues and fixes directly against our documentation here: https://github.com/PowerShell/PowerShell-Docs